*Update* From December-early March I am training to increase my speed, as I have a trial in March where I have to run 5k in about 21 mins or less, so I’m doing plenty of speedwork at the moment!
If you had told me not long ago that I would be able to run solidly for a number of miles, and enjoy it, I would have laughed at you! ‘Me, a runner?’ I now believe that anyone can run long distances, and enjoy it too! Running makes me happy, something I definitely would not have believed possible months ago!
As Bill Rodgers said: “Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run.”
My running story
I started runnning in August 2010. Before that, I literally could not run for more than a few minutes without collapsing! So I started off slowly and painfully, running for just a few minutes at a time with a stopwatch. 2 minute run, 1 minute walk, etc. I remember doing my first 6 min run/2 min walk, which nearly killed me! But the sense of acheivement when I ran 10 minutes without stopping, and when I ran my first mile made it all worth it!
On October 17th, I ran my first ever race! A 10k in aid of Cancer Research UK (which I raised £300 for! ). I was SO nervous at the start; I relapsed into my old minset and was sure I wouldn’t be able to run 10 whole kilometers!
But I ran it, and finished strongly in just over 53 minutes! Unfortunately, I don’t know what my exact time was, because my timer stopped partway through the race, but needless to say I was ecstatic just to finish, and to finish so strongly! It was brilliant- one of the best and most enjoyable days of my life! This was a huge acheivement for me, as it was something I never would have dreamed I could have done just a few months before! And that was where it all began!