From the passionate crew at Mojo Runners, this
Runner’s Diary has been produced to help provide you with the motivation to
move forward towards your running goals. By writing as little or as much as
you like, it will provide the incentive to track your
progress through an amazing year ahead.
With space for all the essential information, you
will be motivated to train regularly, which should flow on to an improvement
in your running ability. Being able to record your mental and physical highs
and lows, weather conditions and nutrition, you will be able to understand
why some days you have performed better than others.
For many of us, running is a lifetime sport and
part of our lifestyle, so when aiming for an important event, to have the
ability to go back and review your training leading up to a past race, where
you know you performed well, then to compare this with what you are doing
now, and if necessary make some appropriate changes, is a very powerful
After a period of time running, there is often
the desire to test ourselves, and the results of the training we have been
doing, by entering a race. To write down details of the start, how the race
unfolded, and your feelings when you finished is priceless. In the words of
Bill Rogers “A road race is the closest thing to a party I know”. So go out
and enjoy it!
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Number of pages: 256
Cover: Clive Dalkins
“RUNNERS WHO CONSISTENTLY IMPROVE ARE THOSE WHO ARE
ALWAYS LEARNING, TWEAKING, SEEKING NEW RUNNING EXPERIENCES, AND CHALLENGING
THEMSELVES.” Bernice Fitzgibbon
“IF YOU RUN, YOU ARE A RUNNER. IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW
FAST OR HOW FAR, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF TODAY IS YOUR FIRST DAY, OR YOU’VE BEEN
RUNNING FOR 20 YEARS. THERE IS NO TEST TO PASS, NO LICENCE TO EARN, NO
MEMBERSHIP CARD TO GET. YOU JUST RUN.” John Bingham
Why do I run? I run because it makes me feel so damn good!
As a child I had issues, especially academically. I struggled to read and write
so was classed as being below average in cognitive ability and was placed in a
class, one above children who were intellectually disabled. It certainly didn’t
do anything for my confidence or my already very low self-esteem! It was in this
class, however, that the teacher saw something in me that I was yet unaware of.
He saw a runner in the making. It was his insistence that I enter the school
athletics where I got my first boost of self-worth.
Whenever I ran I was in another world, full of confidence,
power and purpose. I won races and due to my running and athletic ability was
elevated into a higher class level the following year.
Go forward 12 years; I was married with three small
children and in the middle of what was called a nervous breakdown. It was a
combination of anxiety and depression. I tried anti-depressants but they only
made me feel worse so I had to find another way to cope. At this stage I was
having severe panic attacks, one rolling into another, to the point where I
couldn’t function and my mother had to come and look after my husband and
children. I felt such a failure and the fear of this being me from now on only
made the symptoms worse.
It was at this time I was given a book by a Dr Claire
Weekes and by following her simple instructions found in a very short time I was
only having episodes several times a day, with long breaks in-between. It was
during this time I remembered how good I felt when I was running, so with this
faint memory I dragged my tired body out the door on my first run in nearly 12
or more years. Now, this was not a good experience! The memory was of a runner,
not someone who hadn’t run in years, and within minutes the wheels fell off and
I limped home. Not to be deterred, I decided I would have to go back to basics
and that is exactly what I did.
As I improved, my strength and confidence grew to the point
that two years later, I went back to school to get the qualifications I needed
to do my teacher training. I did acquire the qualifications, despite my learning
difficulty, but instead of going on to training college I did my nursing
training instead. During all this, I continued to run every day. It gave me the
energy to cope with the hours of study, the family responsibilities and what was
best of all, I felt good. My confidence grew and I felt I could do anything I
wanted to do. There was no stopping me!
This is what running has done for me and if I could
describe what I experience when I am running on a forest track, along a beach,
in a park or just around the roads it would be a feeling of oneness with all
that is, where there are no boundaries, no limits, no fear, just sheer joy.
I am a runner. I wasn’t always. In fact, I didn’t start
until my late 20s. I started to put on weight and needed to rectify the
situation. At first it was the old walk a bit, jog a bit, then one block, then
two blocks, then a riverside circuit. By this time I was feeling fit, doing some
lunchtime runs with runners I worked with, running in a fun run occasionally,
and wow, I was a real runner!
Moving on with two years of moderate training, more fun
runs of 5 km to 14 km, a couple of 20-mile runs, and the buzz word is
‘marathon’. There was a local one seven months away so I started some serious
training, stuck with it and before I could change my mind I was shivering on the
start line. It was mid-winter and cold, but I was probably more nervous than
cold, so I ran my first marathon. I had to walk a bit but finished in 3:39
hours, feeling like a hero. I promptly threw up in a rubbish bin and I was
hooked! This was the new me. I ran two more marathons in the next six months in
3:30 and 3:19, got over the rubbish bin thing, and joined a running club. I
loved the club scene and the people in the running community. Racing for the
club over cross country and on road, as well as a number of marathons, I drifted
into Ultras from 50 miles to quite long road and trail runs.
Needless to say, I am still running and racing in my 70s
and not ready to give up anytime soon!