I have been running for well over a year now. I remember that I got impatient one day while I was out walking and thought that I could get it done quicker if I just ran. So I did! I then embarked on a Learn to Run program and built up from only being able to run for a few minutes without falling over gasping for breath to being able to run for 30 minutes or more. It was a great feeling and I now call myself a re-run.
I have another blog called My body is a work in progress where I’ve tried to record some of my experiences while on this journey. I have neglected it recently in favour of this my main blog but I still pop over there every now and again.
By the way when I say run, I don’t mean in a professional way or anything, I mean in a fast walk/shuffle/jog/occasional sprint kind of way. I have managed a few 5km Park runs and fun runs but still have to stop and walk a few times to catch my breath. I’m in training again for a 5km fun run and have got more serious with my running.
I love it – I think while I’m running, it clears my head of work stresses, I plan things to blog about, I listen to music, I chew gum, I push myself, I feel free and young….and I’m getting better (slowly). I run alone in the forest and love the solitude, the kangaroos, the rabbits, the occasional fox that cross my path. The track I use is up and down so really gets my heart going. Sometimes I walk up the hills but I am trying to push myself up them a bit more lately. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment when I get home and check my run stats on my phone app. I try to run 5kms a few times a week with walks or bike rides in between. I have my daughter’s wedding in November and want to be as fit and healthy as I can be. (I’m also growing my hair and my fingernails – I certainly am a work in progress).
I’m quite pleased with myself and remember back to when I first started running in public and I would stop and walk when someone came near me, as I was very embarrassed. Now I just keep running and smile 🙂
This photo was taken today on my run – my legs are made for running!
Do you enjoy running too? I’d love to hear of your motivation for exercise and what you do to keep fit.