I honestly cannot believe I have made it this far... seven weeks ago I couldn't run for a minute. I have never had the willpower to run but have always envied those who do. I always avoided cross country at school...
The idea of just popping out for a run to burn a few calories when you've over-done it was always appealing to me but I was a defeatest. I realise now it is much more about my mental capability than the physical (even though that's tough too) - my mind has always stopped me. I seemed to have a monster in my head whispering how useless I was and that I would never run so I would give up before I'd even really started.
I don't know what it is but this podcast really does it for me, I started on 19 July and have more or less run every other day since then (although now I am running for longer I am thinking of having an extra day's rest between runs now). I am not managing the full 5k yet (much to my disappointment) but keep reminding myself just how far I've come. At one point I would have been happy to just run a mile but I'm probably running 2.5 miles now.
I'm still managing to run on tracks in the woods but know this will soon have to end with the light fading - have also managed to avoid running in public (perhaps another mental challenge to overcome!), I look forward to my runs and have bored my family rigid with facts and figures and routes and comments from all you bloggers!
All I can say is - if I can do it anyone can - the negative feelings have faded and I'm hooked. Just want to keep it up now.... and I'm blogging (never done that before either!!)