I started running just a few months ago when I signed up to take part in my first ever 5k, I’ve never really been a sporty person and always held back due to one reason or another. I had no excuse when I signed up for the 5k, I had to start running. I cracked out the couch 2 5k and away I went. The first few weeks I opted to run at the gym but soon found out that running on a treadmill just wasn’t my thing, one morning after dropping the little one off at preschool I popped on my running shoes and took to the roads. I discovered there was a HUGE difference, it was exhilarating, I felt free, like nothing could stop me, this is how running should feel. From that moment I was hooked, anyone can run, you just need a good pair of running shoes.
I haven’t been without injuries though, my running form was terrible to start with, and I ended up with runners knee and Achilles tendinitis. I soon learned to correct this, my form isn’t perfect but it’s a lot better than it was. I also invested in a good pair of running shoes, I found this helped a lot.
Sine I started running, I don’t get tired as much anymore and I’m hitting my weekly targets and now I’m setting myself goals. After completing my first 5k and surprisingly enjoying every minute of it, I’m thinking about a 10k and even considering the Greater Manchester Marathon next year.
When I started running I would reach points where I would feel completely exhausted but now I want to keep going. I find it helps with my stress levels, I can run off my worries and it gives me time to think.
I feel so much better in myself, like I am achieving something as well as being fitter and more energetic. I’ve found that I really don’t care what I look like when I run, my sense of self consciousness fades as soon as I leave through the door. It doesn’t matter if it’s windy or raining, I still enjoy running. Obviously there are days when I would much rather curl up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and a good book but I wouldn’t want to make any excuses or habits of not going.
I have the running bug…….