I’ve always been a runner. I enjoyed carrying around the bag of spikes and my starting blocks on a Saturday morning as a kid, and collecting signatures of the likes of Linford Christie and Frankie Fredericks when they came to town (now I’m really showing my age!). I was a sprinter and my dream was to go to the Olympics.
I can’t exactly tell you why I stopped running, but when I did, my attitude towards the sport I loved so passionately completely changed. I hated it.
This hatred continued in my adulthood as I threw myself into other sports, in an attempt to keep myself fit and healthy. Nothing really worked for me.
It came as a lightning bolt AHA MOMENT in February 2013 when I woke up, put on the shoes and tied up the laces. The first part was done. Now just to get out there. I ran 1K as my first run in 15 years, an overall longer distance than what I had run as a kid. You know what suprised me the most? I survived. And I enjoyed it.
Sure, I was a little uncomfortable but I had made it. The first time had passed, and that was the hardest.
I set myself a goal by signing up for a 10K run in May of that year. I overcame a health issue which landed me in hospital about 2 weeks after I started running (not related). This didn’t stop me. I think my decision to tie those laces was my body telling me that it wasn’t well and I needed to fix it. By the end of the year I had completed a half marathon.
2014 is going to be bigger and better, I’ve already got 2 x 10K, 1 x 7K run under my belt – with 2 x 21K runs planned in June (fingers crossed), a 10K in July then the big one: the Disneyland Half Marathon in August.
As an adult I’ve always mentioned that I’d one day run a marathon, it sort of became a running joke with work colleagues. While I’ve yet to do that distance (it has intimidated me), it is certainly within reach and I’ve just started thinking about making it my 2015 goal.
The fact is, if you think it, you can do it. Just keep going!! I never would have thought that I could run 10K, let alone a half; but with each week comes a new distance and it becomes more achievable. Set small goals, these are achievable and certainly make you feel awesome when you pass them with flying colours. And most of all, enjoy it!!!