When News reporter Emma Judd signed up for this year’s Great South Run, she knew she’d need some help. As personal trainers Dawn Grant and Max Eacott, from Portsmouth-based 24/7 Fitness, put her through her paces, she’s been writing about her progress each week.
There’s nothing like running up five flights of stairs three times in a row with a gammy leg and the beginnings of a cold to put a girl in a reflective mood.
Sitting at the top of those stairs, struggling to get my breath back, I knew this was going to be my last hard training session before the Great South Run this Sunday.
To be fair, it was no Car Park of Doom, which regular readers will remember caused me no small amount of pain because of the severity of Max’s training sessions. And it wasn’t as embarrassing as space hoppering up and down the Gunwharf Quays canalside in front of some very amused Saturday brunchers.
It didn’t make me cry and it didn’t make me want to throw up – unlike some of my sessions.
Whilst it did give me a shaky left foot which made changing gear on the way home a little tricky, running up those stairs didn’t leave me crippled and limping for three days, like my kick-boxing session, or that other session with all the squats and lunges.
And there’s a reason for that. Way back in April I couldn’t run a mile without breaking down to walk, envisioning a giant glass of Shiraz. I can now run eight miles with an average 10-minute-mile time. I’m no Mo Farah, but I’m still pretty proud.
I don’t need to walk and I don’t have trouble breathing which is a good thing, because in five short days’ time, I’ll be doing the Great South Run.
I’ve come a long way from the girl who, this time last year, bade adios to a husband and decided doing the Great South Run was the best way to get over it. But I’d like to thank my now ex-husband who, incidentally, I still see and get along with.
I’m now fitter, healthier and happier than I’ve been in a long time and that’s thanks to all this training. So as I clearly love a challenge, I’ll be carrying on with the running after the GSR is over on Sunday.
By the way, I’m raising money for The Rowans Hospice in memory of my grandad. You can sponsor me at justgiving.com/Emma-Judd.
Find out how Emma got on in our run coverage in Monday’s News.