Good morning! Ok so confession first. I’ve taken part in the Great Yorkshire run twice but never trained. I hated running but did it for charity, I walked more than I ‘ran’. In 2011 I was due to do the same but the Great Manchester Run instead. But earlier that year I was struggling with pain. I had struggled since high school with back pain but it was worse. Long story short I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and told not to do the run. Was told running would make things worse and likely I’d never be able to run. So I got married that same year, had our daughter in 2012 and our son in 2016. I’d been trying to walk more as I wanted to be fit and healthy to lead a good example to my children, especially Erica as girls can be really impressionable. July this year I decided to look into this. 3rd July I wrote my first post on here and now today, 23rd September I am a graduate!!! I don’t want my illness to define who I am. It’s always used as reason for everything by medical professionals and I had to change my attitude to it. I control it, not the other way around!!!
So now here we are. I ran today’s park run. I heard MJ tell me that my 30 minutes were over. But I carried on. I ran the whole 5km (don’t shout) and I feel bloody amazing!!! My husband and the kids were waiting for me at the finish line. They cheered me on as I crossed. He said I finished that strongly he thought I’d stopped and walked further back and was really proud when I told him I didn’t stop at all!!! Erica told me she was proud of me, Flynny gave me a big cuddle. I’ve never felt so happy in myself and so proud of what I’ve done. I’ve achieved a lot in my life, qualified accountant, good exam grades, 2 amazing kids and a lovely husband, lovely house etc etc. But today, that was something else. This is something I was told wouldn’t be possible yet I have done it and I know I can go further now. If I can go from zero to 5km in 12 weeks then I can definitely get to 10km by May next year and take my place at the start of the Great Manchester Run, the run I had to give up on 6 years ago.
I have no idea of my time yet as I had a GPS failure on my Fitbit, all I know is that I ran for 5km and it took me longer than 30 minutes. 🏆🏆🏆