Creative’s Linda is taking on the gruelling 13.1 miles of the Great North Run on Sunday 13th September…
The Great North Run, the world’s leading half marathon, was first staged in 1981 where just over 12,000 people took part on the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields; with entries reaching 57,000 people in 2014. Mr. Bownes had a chat with our Linda about running and the challenge of fitting in miles and miles of training with being at the helm of a busy practice.
When did you find out you had a place in the Great North Run?
“I applied for the ballot in January this year and found out in February that I had a place.”
Why did you apply for the Great North Run?
“As somebody who has always been very active, but never really run, I was looking for a new personal challenge having left my forties a few years ago!! Many of our patients will remember the Race For Life 5K that myself and some of the Practice team took part in at the Norfolk Showground in May 2014. That was the first time I have run since I was 16 and I found it very challenging to train for.
Over the last 12 months, there’s been a surge in people taking part in different sports and at the practice, we advocate getting active as part of patients overall health and well being and I have great admiration for the wonderful personal goals our patients achieve often despite the odds. Running is something that has certainly become much more accessible in terms of the numerous events first time runners can take part in and the advice out there (including from our own Practitioners) to help get started. I wanted to take on an even bigger challenge this year since Race For Life, to empower myself and applying for a half marathon was that challenge!”
How has training been going?
“The biggest learning curve I’ve had with training since I started earlier in the year, is appreciating the mental aspect of preparing for a challenge like this as well as the physical side. There have been many runs where I’m physically hurting (particularly from a recurring achilles injury) and want to give up, but psychologically I have to push on. Not only that, but we all have busy and full lives and planning in training runs, strength building sessions and the nutritional requirements around running the Practice has sometimes been tricky.”
What do you feel when you achieve personal goals?
“I ran the Great East Anglia Run (GEAR) 10K in May as part of a training milestone and from going from not being able to run 600 yards to running over six miles was a huge personal achievement.”
“Make a Wish (www.make-a-wish.org.uk) grants wishes and experiences for children with life threatening conditions. At the Practice, we treat lots of families and it’s our hope that all the children we see will lead full and wonderful lives. In reality, lots of children out there won’t be able to, so I want to give them the opportunity to have an amazing experience and some respite from the limitations of their condition and put a smile on their faces.”
What will it mean to you when you cross the finish line?
“I absolutely have no doubt that it will be an incredibly emotional moment once I’ve run the 13.1 miles! Apart from the sense of achievement I’ll experience from running that distance, I am sure there will be a relief that the hard work and months of training has paid off and that all of my efforts have made a difference to a young person. I must also get in a thanks to Michael for being so supportive through it all (including the tears, tantrums, rants and laughs!)”