Well this has been the most amazing journey of discovery! So much has been learned along the way about what you can do at any age if you decide you’ll try no matter what!
I am reminded by Maya Angelou’s quote “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” These 9 week’s have been a period of so many changes and so many new experiences. I remember the long distance runs at school that I hated so much and found a way not to do! So deciding to do this programme was like a touch of madness. But talking to my niece (daughter of my brother who passed away at 46) about family stuff she did not know. I felt sad that she would not hear these things from him. That’s why I decided I’m going to do everything I can to be around to fill in the gaps and give the love that he most certainly would have.
I’ve found a willfullness to continue no matter the obstacles that have seemed to stack up over and over. I’ve laughed at them and myself (a lot) too! When I went running outside for the first time, I had palpitations! Seriously, my heart was racing out of sheer fear! I fumbled to set the app, looking for keys, getting the music going with the app simultaneously. All while “just leave it for another time, you don’t need to do this” sounded in my head! But, I’ve had some choice words for the mind over the past 9 weeks! I am doing it! And I’ve only gone and done it!
I blubbered like a baby when I saw my son at the end! I have had the most amazing birthday present ever! The best thing is I gave it to myself! Even now I’m crying! 😱!
This forum and everyone on here, admin, mentors, graduates, runners at all stages have all given me so much support and encouragement! I cannot thank you all enough! I’ve done something I could once only dream of! Thank you! Big hugs to you all!
Happy running, runners! Wherever you are on the programme, enjoy! 😉😁😁😁😁❤️