Hello. I’m Karen, and I like running.
I started running in January 2012 with the NHS Couch to 5k programme. At first I just ran very casually – 5k a couple of times a week – but in June 2014, I ran my first 10k race (a Race for Life event), and then, in September 2014, my first parkrun. Since then, I’ve done a couple of 10 mile races and a handful of half marathons; been a part of several different relay teams; celebrated my 100th parkrun; and travelled to various lovely places in the UK and abroad, all in the name of running (and occasionally triathlon, although I personally don’t take part in those). I ran my first marathon, Hannover, in April 2019 and my second, Abingdon, in October 2019.
I have been through many ups and downs with running, but I am grateful for all it has taught me and the experiences I’ve had because of it. I am also lucky in that I live near Bushy Park – the home of parkrun – and to have some scenic running routes on my doorstep.
I don’t think of myself as a typically sporty person, and although I do enjoy pushing myself to improve my times, I’m never going to be up there with the fastest athletes. I created this blog because I thought it might be useful to share some of my thoughts on and experiences of running, especially for those who might be curious about starting to run, but don’t think they’re the ‘type’ to do it (spoiler: if I can do it, so can you); or for fellow runners who feel like they are also closer to everyday than elite (hi, nice to meet you!)