10k tales: Louise White, Finance and Performance Manager at The Union
When did you complete your first 10K? How much running had you done prior to that 10K?
Last year’s Manchester 10k was the only race I have ever competed in. I have run on and off over the years, however started running again reasonably regularly towards the end of 2015. When I started I was only able to run less than a mile without taking a walking break, however within a few months I was regularly running 5ks a few times a week.
What was it like completing the Manchester 10K in 2016?
I really enjoyed running my first 10k. At times during I really thought I was going to stop and walk, but the crowds were great, especially nearer to the end and they really spurred the runners on. Crossing the finish line was a really exhilarating experience.
What did you most enjoy about the Manchester 10K?
The finish line! I also enjoyed the supporters and the music stations along the route.
What effect has running had on you, your life, your health?
Health wise the benefits are enormous, fitter, leaner, lung capacity increased. Running, believe it or not, can really help relax you, give you ‘you’ time, and help you sleep better.
Will you be running the 10K in 2017?
Unfortunately not this year, only because I am going to ‘The Courteeners’ at Old Trafford Cricket ground the night before! I will probably choose a half marathon instead. Date to be confirmed!
What would your advice be to somebody thinking of running for the first time at the Manchester 10K?
Don’t worry about speed during your training, run at a comfortable pace, enough to still hold a conversation (if needed!), and your distance will improve, pace will follow later. And enjoy it!
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