Keep on running: taking on the Cambridge Half Marathon

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Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Allied Health
Course: BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
Category: Allied and public health

27 November 2019

Being a student paramedic can have an effect on your physical and emotional wellbeing. For me, physical activity has made a positive effect on my mental health as well as allowing me to feel capable to handle challenges that I face.

In my first year of university I decided to sign up to my first half marathon #CHM18. Prior to signing up, I had not run further than 10k so I thought I had gone mad! All I knew was that I had just over four months to train myself up so that I could successfully touch the finish line.

I increased my weekly mileage from five miles to 30 miles over a steady period in the build-up to the race. I felt the strongest that I had ever felt; both mentally and physically. If I am honest, I did not follow a structured training plan as such. Instead, I just worked on increasing my mileage week by week and including one long run every so often.

University student Abigail running in a marathon

Before I knew it, I was at the start line of the 2018 Cambridge half marathon. Having dedicated four months to training for the race I felt prepared and ready to take on the challenge in front of me. One hour, 53 minutes and 16 seconds later I found myself at the finish line, I felt incredible! I had smashed my goal in a respectable time and completed my first ever half marathon, what an experience!

Fast forward half a year, it was time to sign up time again. Although this time, I was unfortunately injured and therefore decided to rest and recover instead of focussing on training for the 2019 Cambridge Half Marathon.

After resting I recovered fully from the injury in March 2019 and spontaneously signed up for my second half marathon, The Wilmslow Half Marathon, running in aid of the North West Air Ambulance charity. I finished the race in 1 hour, 44 minutes and 44 seconds, knocking eight minutes off my previous half marathon. This is part of the reason why I find running so addictive!

Now I am in my final year of university and also I am now a sports activator. My main role is leading the Chelmsford jogging group on Tuesday evenings at 5.15pm, in order to motivate individuals to get fit and active. Interested? Then sign up online for free and come along!

Again, I have signed up for Cambridge Half Marathon in March 2020. Are you interested in joining me? If so, register on campus at Mildmay Sports Centre or Helmore Gym.

By Abigail Routledge

The Cambridge Half is our local marathon, and we're proud to be one of its sponsors. If you're already signed up, read what our sports and exercise experts have to say about getting the most out of your training.


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