I'm Sure a 5km Race Never Used to Be So Far!

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), August 17, 2017 | Go to article overview

I'm Sure a 5km Race Never Used to Be So Far!


Byline: Tanni Grey-Thompson

IT is just over 10 years since I retired from competitive sport. I really don't know where the time has gone.

When I stopped, I went through a process of cutting down my training (stopping suddenly is not a good idea) and I got my head around the idea that I was never going to be as fit/strong or toned as I once was.

Having spent a fair amount of time working in TV over the years, and getting used to the "I didn't realise that you looked like that in real life" (really meaning "you need to put some make up on when you go out") it wasn't such a big deal. I also got used to the idea that exercise for me would be something quite different. In London I use public transport a lot, and it can be relatively easy to get off a stop earlier to add to my daily exercise. Working in a building that has at least 10 miles of corridors means that I "walk" around quite a lot as well.

For some daft reason a few months ago, when the summer seemed a long way away, I agreed to I don't racing chair Hopefully I around report get take part in a triathlon. Not the full one of an open water swim, bike ride and run. I agreed to be part of a relay team where "all" I would have to do was the run at the end. And it was only 5km.

The trouble is that, partly, I have my old head on, where I didn't think that 5km (three miles) was that far. …

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