A night out vs the 10k


My name’s Curtis. I’m a first year sports marketing student and sports volunteer.

When I was originally asked whether I would be running the 10k I had a quick flashback of my first 3 months at uni which suggested that I’m probably not at the peak of my fitness at the moment.

It would be fair to say that in the past few months I’ve gone from Mo Farah to Phil Mitchell thanks to the infamous ‘student life’ which, now that I think of it is just a fancy way of saying “I’m broke all the time and only get 3 hours sleep a night”.

As the idea of running the 10k was floating around my head I was forced recall the many times last term I became a victim of a hangover whilst asking myself, can I really run a 10k after what I’ve put my body through last term? Obviously when one has such an important life decision to make it is customary for the little angel and devil to make an appearance on each shoulder providing their infinite and not in any way biased wisdom.

Of course, the devil represented the voice inside my head telling me to sod off the 10k and go to the pub for a few pints with the lads and I would be lying if I said the offer wasn’t tempting.

But then the angel appealed to an even more persuasive aspect of my personality, my desire to be challenged. Life is boring when there isn’t anything there to challenge you and whilst I’m sure many of you reading this have completed several drinking challenges put in front of you by your mates maybe it’s time to challenge yourself in a different way.

The 10k is not only a test of your physical capabilities but also gives you an opportunity to raise money for a good cause, which is nothing to be sniffed at. We all have an innate desire to be challenged but often we try to find an easy way around these challenges.

The glory of the 10k is that you don’t have to be a 5 time Olympic champion to complete the challenge, whether you walk, jog or sprint the 10k (I’ll happily give anyone a tenner who can sprint the whole 10k) As long as you cross the finish line we’ve all completed the same challenge.

So whilst it may give you a sense of pride to be known to your mates as the one who can down a pint in 5 seconds, wouldn’t it be even better to be known as the one who can down a pint in 5 seconds and then run a 10k straight after? That’s why I’m challenging anyone who thinks they can hack it to join me and take on the 10k challenge because if I can do it then I’m almost certain anyone who bothered to read this far can do it too.

Enter at mmu.ac.uk/10k

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