Running 5K: No Pain, No Gain

I’m training for the Bridge to Brisbane, 3 September 2012.

I’ve run 86 kilometres in the last month. It still hurts.  About a kilometre into each run, my legs are on fire, and I still struggle to run the entire 5-6K.  I’m feeling a little discouraged, flat this week.  But then I look at my times for my 6K course and 10K course, and I’m doing okay…improving slowly. So I think it’s less to do with how my body is coping and more of a mental thing I need to push through. Keep going. Keep trying. Always onward.

On the up side, one of the things I love about running is being outside in the fresh air. I sleep better, rarely get headaches anymore, and I just feel better.

These photographs are from my 10 K running route. Glorious! If you’re on Instagram, you can follow my training under the hashtag #kellyruns, profile beafunmum.

kelly runs the bridge to brisbane

Half-way there

I think I can, I think I can…I’m almost half-way in my fundraising efforts for World Vision.  If you can help me get there, just head over to my fundraising page. Or even just tell me to keep going. “Keep running Kelly!” I need a little boost this week.

bridge to brisbane fundraising

Keep on keeping on.


Running 5K: The Beginning

Running 5K: Pain

6K Running Times

10K Running Times

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    Keep going Kelly! You are doing a great job, all the hard work will pay off on the day. I’m a runner & some weeks, days you don’t always feel great, other times you feel amazing. You have a wonderful running track! Keep up the great work:)

  2. Monika says

    Hello Kelly! Its a great thing you are doing, and you are going fantastic! I´ve been thinking I have to start running for quite a while now, and I think you encouraged me to start now! The C25K program sounds sensible! So keep going, and i´m sure you will have a great time at the run in september!

  3. Leanne Miller says

    Hi Kelly, I started running (for my head health), two years ago. I’m not very good, but I can run 10 kms! Yay! When you said that your legs ache 1km into the run, it reminded me of when mine used to do that. I take a protein muscle recovery drink before and after I run and think it works wonders! Have you tried taking one? Maybe it could help you too cause I know that is a crap feeling! Good luck!

    • says

      Leanne, thanks for taking the time to write a comment. It’s just so fabulous to hear from someone who has already been on this journey. Thanks for the tips, I’ll see how it goes!

      Kelly x

  4. Kirsty says

    GO KELLY GO!! GO KELLY GO!!! I started training for the same event last year with a friend. We were about 3 weeks into our training and I rolled my ankle. It never healed and test after test was done. It turned out I had a condition called a talocalcaneal coalition, basically there is bone where bone shouldn’t be. I was in pain 24 hours a day, and the only solution was major ankle surgery. I had my surgery in May where my surgeon fused my ankle joint and put a 6cm screw to hold it in place. I was non weight bearing and had to have it up above my heart for 8 weeks. If there was too much swelling or if I even touched it to do the ground it might cause the joint to move. All this with a 4yr old son & 6yr old daughter to look after (I’m a stay home mum). I am now 15 weeks on, and still partially weight bearing on crutches. I don’t think I’ll be able to run again, so no Bridge to Brisbane Run for me. So… GO KELLY GO!! Run the race that I’ll never compete in :-) Kirsty

  5. says

    Hey Kelly, I hope the running is continuing to go well for you!! Good on you for setting a great goal and working so hard to get there. You have lots of people cheering you on. Keep running!!

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