since I downloaded a podcast and decided I was going to learn to run properly. I was on the way out of a winter that contained some really heart-wrenching energy-sapping trauma, was part way through a course of counselling to try and untangle the resultant psychological mess, and was mainly living on strong coffee, insomnia and raw panic (which on balance I don't recommend. It turns out that bodies need calories and sleep).
Anyway, I went out and got a bit sweaty and came back and felt a bit better. And kept going out and getting progressively sweatier as the weeks went on, and suddenly started to want to eat a bit more, and be worn out enough to sleep. And I found this forum and started wittering on about running to strangers, who as it turned out, listened, and said kind things, and have fab advice, and shared their own running-related witterings. And I started to realise that as well as quite enjoying being alive again, I also Really Bloody Love putting one foot in front of the other quickly.
I s'pose the point of this particular bit of wittering, apart from reminding myself how far I've come, is to let new runners know that
1) you just have to keep at it and you'll be grand, and
2) running is the best mood enhancing drug I've ever encountered. I wouldn't say I'm entirely sane these days, but I'm vastly happier
Bit of an eye opener to think that this time last year I could only run for minutes at a time and now I can cover 10 miles of hilly footpaths before I need a rest :). Keep it up, all. It's very doable.
And thank you, lovely internet strangers, for running witterings and incredible support.