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Inspired by the maturer athlete

by Kat Grimmett
Thursday 19th November 2009
 
 
Congratulations to Tri 247 for the launch of their new website dedicated purely to running. The editor got in touch with me to see if I would be interested in writing a column on the site and I can humbly hope I can do the website justice as I am just a person who simply loves running.

An introduction to who I am and my running background is that I began running regularly in my early 20’s and got hooked on how wonderful it made me feel.  I love running because simply it makes me feel happy.  

I have always ran off road and never really timed myself, so I had no idea of what sort of times I was able to run until I entered a triathlon in September 2008.  I ran a 10km at the end of the race in just over 34 minutes, I had no idea this was a competitive time in the world of women’s running.  

My sporting adventure began at quick speed after this race. I entered the National Duathlon Ranking Series in 2009 and won the three races I did. I was watched by one of the many great volunteer coaches involved with British Triathlon, Steve Butler, who organised for me to compete in the British Elite Duathlon Championships in April 2009 which I went on to win.

As an amazing surprise to me I was selected by British Triathlon to represent Great Britain in the Elite European and World Duathlon Championships in 2009.

From the duathlon successes I entered my very first run race in July 2009.  This was the London 10km race, I finished the race in second place, 19 seconds behind Catherine Nederba and 14 seconds ahead of Constantina Dita, I could not quite believe it when I crossed the line and genuinely was in shock of the result.

I then did the Bristol Half Marathon and finished second British female in a time of 73.08 and was awarded automatic qualification for the women’s GB team for the World Half Marathon Championships, I was so thrilled.

I began being coached by Rick Velati of British Triathlon in June 2009 and have been working with Rick ever since.  I feel privileged that I can be guided and advised on training and running sessions by such professionals, yet still have the freedom to run when, where and how I feel (well not all the time).  

I am truly excited about racing in 2010 and currently have my head down, well up when training, over this winter period and hope I can reap the benefits of the hard but enjoyable work next year.

I hope to be able to continue with a blog on current running matters of interest on this web site and hope to bring interesting and exciting news of racing in women’s middle distance running.

For some winter inspiration I watched the New York Marathon in particular the women’s race.  I could not help but feel “that it’s never too late to follow your goals in life”.  I was so very impressed that the front four female runners were aged between 34 and 41 years and the winning lady Derartu Tulu has six children!  Truly Inspiring.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About The Author

Kat Grimmett

I entered my very first run race in July 2009.  This was the London 10km race, I finished the race in second place, 19 seconds behind Catherine Nederba and 14 seconds ahead of Constantina Dita
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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