I have found the stories on this board very helpful and supportive. Thank you all for your support, here is my story which will hopefully help members
I was very fit in my 20s and 30s. I had my daughter in my mid 30's and also developed SLE Lupus- basically a nasty chronic illness which leaves you fatigued and in pain, it is managed by steroids and other lotions and potions. The upshot of this was 6 years of no exercise coupled with side effects of the medication; I had had enough and did not recognise the lady in the mirror. Two years ago and started walking every other day. I developed a "route" which initially took me 50 mins to walk which I eventually got it down to 40 mins. Oct 2011 one of the guys at work suggested couch to 5KM, he had got to the end and was praising its simplicity, I downloaded it and off I went.
I remember week 1 run 1 as you had to run for 1 minute and I thought to myself Christ on a bike I am so unfit and I will never get to the end of these podcasts or they will kill me! Anyhow after repeating week 4, 5, 6 about 4 times each (LOL) and getting through a couple of minor Lupus flares I graduated in April 2012. I kept doing the last run until some generous poster point me in the direction of Samantha Murphy's bridge to 10km.
The route that I used to walk in 40 minutes (I was proud of myself back then) I can now run round it TWICE in 40 minutes. For me this is time well spent it is an investment , I am proud of myself for this achievement and although long-term the prognosis of my illness is uncertain, at least I know I have done my very best to get as fit as possible to tackle what life throws at me!!!
I think in my head I have mixed together the running achievement with the fight to survive my illness so when running and times get hard, the hills seem to have got steeper I think to myself I will do this I will get to the end, I will see my daughter start secondary school, I will be at her wedding, I will be fit enough to look after my grandchildren. Not sure if this is a good thing but it seems to be working and overall my outlook is the most positive it has been for years.
When I told my consultant I was running three times a week, she nearly had a heart attack and eventually said “ have you thought about swimming instead” , a very funny moment. I do enjoy swimming and although I can do 20 lengths in the pool, I do not get the same “Rocky” moment at the end.