I admit that I don’t really have a direction in mind for this series of posts. My life has changed in so many ways over the past 40+ years, but it’s the more recent changes that have had the biggest impact.
When I started this blog I had also just started running, so many of my first posts were tracking my journey in learning to run. Over time I have accumulated more and more followers (thank you) which means that many of you may not know that running is very new to me.
Around seven (or eight or nine) years ago I made my first attempt at joining the army of Facebook friends who were runners, I downloaded Couch to 5k and started, as you do, on week 1 day 1. It was hard, and it didn’t seem to get any easier, although I only got to week 3 before I sprained my ankle and that was the end of ‘me and running’… until late December 2017 when I once again started on Couch to 5k.
I had zero expectations of enjoying it, doubted whether I’d even get to the end of the programme, and thought I was being quite foolish to even consider it.
But oddly, within a few weeks, I actually began to enjoy going out for a run.
Yes, it was hard work, and yes, I actually thought I was going to throw up/pass out/die at various points.
There were three things that kept me going: 1- the sense of achievement in completing each step of the programme, 2 – I got a sense that I was improving, and 3 – how I felt after a run… calm, happy, relaxed.
At times it can be difficult to comprehend just how far I’ve come.
Not just with running, but life in general.
However, this post is all about running.
Back in January could I imagine that I’d find a 10k easy? Could I even imagine that I’d be able to run a 10k? Or 5k? Did I consider that I may one day join a running club? Or that one of the important things to consider on holiday was it’s proximity to parkrun? Did I think that after just six months I’d be able to run 10 miles? Or that a half marathon was achievable? Did I dream that one day I would complete a marathon?
Back in January, the answer to all these things would have been a definite no. Yet, here I am, just nine months of running and I’ve achieved it all, well apart from completing a marathon but that’s certainly in my goals for 2019! [medical issues permitting]
What a transformation… from someone who “doesn’t do running” to someone mildly obsessed with running!
- 1 mile PB 8:11
- 2 mile PB 17:23
- 5k PB 28:04 (parkrun 27:54)
- 10k PB 59:14 (race 01:01:01)
- 13.1 mile PB 02:36:44