My name is Naomi Conway and I've signed up to run the Belfast Telegraph Runher 5K event next month. I'll be sharing my diary with readers over the coming weeks so you can keep track of how my training is going and follow my highs and lows as I build up towards race day.
I'm 29 years old, from Belfast, and I'm a community fundraising manager for CLIC Sargent, the chosen charity for the Runher events.
My job involves organising events as well as supporting the people across Northern Ireland who hold sponsored walks, bucket collections and lots of other activities to raise money for children and young people with cancer.
As part of my job I encourage people to join in with fundraising events like Runher and I thought it was time to lead by example.
I was a spectator at the Runher event last year, making myself hoarse by cheering on the runners from the roadside. The atmosphere was amazing and I remember thinking ‘I really want to be part of this event next year' and not just cheering from the sidelines but actually running. I'm now registered and in training for the 5K event.
I'm quite a sporty person and enjoy keeping fit but I have never done any road running so this is a real challenge. There is a Ladies Workout Express gym in my building and I've been a member for over a year. I've joined their running club now too. You'll find me pounding the streets of Belfast on Thursday lunchtimes with the club.
We make our way up to Shaftsbury Square, up past Queen’s University, into Botanic Gardens for two laps of the park and then head back down Botanic Avenue back to the gym.
It's just over two miles, so I need to push myself to get up to the three miles.
I really enjoying running in a group and find it hard to motivate myself to go out on my own. The camaraderie of running in a team, spurring each other on and supporting one another, really does make me pull on my trainers. I'm looking forward to running alongside all the other ladies on the day.
I'll be swapping my running top for a wedding dress in October as I'm getting married which I'm sure you'll read more about in the next few weeks.
All this running will help to keep me in shape for my dress. I'll keep you updated on the effect running has on me mentally and physically, as we go along.
I'll need all the cheers and support I can get to finish the 5K so please do follow my story here in the Belfast Telegraph — or better still come and join me in the Belfast Telegraph Runher 5K.
Runher is happening on Sunday June 28 at the CIYMS Sports Complex in east Belfast. You can walk, jog or run either 5 or 10K at the Belfast Telegraph Runher; and you can enter online at www.runher.co.uk