Feeling inspired and supported as a runner

I think that I have been in a running ‘rut’ for a little while now.  It’s been cold, dark, miserable, I’ve been sick, I’ve been away on holidays – there’s lots of reasons (excuses) why I haven’t been getting out there and just doing it.

I have been feeling a bit lonely too if I’m honest, as I run and go to the gym on my own. There’s no running groups in our little town and I haven’t managed to set up a buddy system with anyone who wants to run with someone my age, as yet. Most of the younger ones play netball together and do things together as part of their training regime. I tend to forget sometimes that I am my age…..

Slow down, you move too fast!
Slow down, you move too fast!

I love reading my blogging friend Unsporty Women Can Run as she is full of stories of her runs, her training and her network of runners. I tend to run vicariously through her posts. She’s also someone I’d love to have around as she tends to be very encouraging and positive. I always enjoy reading her posts and was upset on her behalf  in this recent post that she shared.

Anyway, enough wallowing in self pity! I am lucky to have a supportive local gym and health centre with great people ready to offer help. Brian and Carmen have been wonderful at getting me into a gym routine and are very supportive. My daughters are also supportive but as they don’t live close by we tend to stay in touch over our devices.  We also have a healthy competition system via the run keeper app.

I have been to Lynda for massages lately and we talk running for the whole hour – nonstop! She decided she’d do me up a personal training plan for an upcoming local 5km funrun. She’s a real runner and runs marathons, half marathons and just for fun she won the last fun run/walk that we had in town. She doesn’t live in town and just travels up here for her massage appointments, so to offer to help me out like this is a big deal to me.

I know that I did quite well too in the 5km funrun, being the first ‘person of a certain age’ to finish. But I want to improve my time and my performance, or at least see if I can!

Well, this week at my massage, Lynda announced that she isn’t running this time because she wants to run with me and push me to do better. How nice is that?? It now means that I have to get out there and train hard. I have something to look forward to and work towards. I will also have someone on my ‘team’ who will help me improve and keep me going when I want to slow to a walk. She’s told me that I will end up hating her but she’s ready for it. I don’t know Lynda apart from massages and yet she’s willing to help me – how can I not feel inspired and supported?

I’m also a bit scared but maybe that’s what I need. Wish me luck!!

Deb 😊

14 Replies to “Feeling inspired and supported as a runner”

  1. Thank you for the lovely words Debbie x that’s great that Lynda is writing you up a training plan. But don’t let me hear you say that you aren’t a real runner! It doesn’t matter what distance or time, if we run, we are runners! Have you heard of Running Mums Australia? They have a great facebook group and so encouraging. You might find some runners close enough for the odd run together.

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    1. Thanks for your supportive comment and encouragement. I have just joined the Facebook page you mention and will hopefully feel a part of something. It’s good to be honest to yourself sometimes and I really wanted to write down how I was feeling.

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  2. Yes, you can do it! I work out with weights in our basement with my husband 4 days/week and then we get up and go the gym for aerobic exercise (60min for me – 90min. for him). It is great to have a partner that keeps you company and inspires you to challenge yourself. As was said up above, if you run, then you are a runner! 🙂

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  3. Excellent! It is always good, as a runner, to have a goal and mentor! You will do great. Of course it’s scary…it’s always scary to push ourselves. I say this as I’m sitting on the sofa. I used to run. I need to get out and at least walk!

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