On Thursday 8th September 2011 I began my running career. I cannot believe that it has already been nearly a whole year. In that time I've run over 500 miles, completed 120+ running workouts and run for nearly 100 hours!!
I've not counted up the calories but if you say 100 cals per mile then you can do the maths! I'm on my second pair of proper running trainers and have worn out several pairs of socks!
After becoming a C25K graduate, I completed the B210K and the Bupa ten mile training programme. I have entered and finished a 5k, a 5 miler, a 10K and a Half Marathon. With running I have raised over £200 between my favourite chicken charity, Fresh Start for Hens, and a Romanian children's charity in Scotland.
Before I started running at age 51, I would huff and puff while walking up hills, now at age 52 I run up them (ok, I'm still puffing a bit, but I RUN up them)! And I don't stop when I get to the top to recover!
Best of all, having reached my target weight just before I started the running programme, I have not put anything back on!!
If you are every wondering whether taking up running is a good idea; stop standing there just wondering...get your old shorts, tshirt and trainers on, strap on the podcasts and get your rear out there!!