Its Juicyju here and I want to say a huge hello and welcome to this exciting new community.
I started my running journey in February 2013 when I happened to be looking at the NHS choices website looking for quick fix diets and I found the C25k clip. It stuck a chord with me as Laura said anyone can learn to run in 9 weeks. Now I am someone who HATED PE at school, hated running and found athletic types REALLY BORING!!!!! Jump to having 2 kids,a full time career and a 45 year old body that was saggy in all the wrong places!!
I went out the next day and did day 1 week 1, and I was immediately hooked…. It meant I could walk out of the front door and be back in half an hour which my busy lifestyle allowed!! I had no ‘kit’ and I generally went out when it was dark so no-one could see me. I then graduated from the programme in April along with my son who I bribed to do it with me!!
Being of the ambitious persuasion I had to have a new goal… so I got to 10k, then a HM in October. This was my very first race and it was the Eden Project Half Marathon in Cornwall. It was tough but what a huge sense of achievement! All this time I was blogging about all of my adventures on the C25k community.
I had some injury setbacks which were hard but I learnt so much from them and then eventually I knew I wanted to complete a marathon… So in April 2015 I completed my first ever Marathon in Paris. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done but the sense of achievement was incredible. I am now training for my next Marathon in Brighton in April 2016.
I still don’t feel like a proper ‘runner’ or athlete and I never will, but running is in my blood now and I am extremely passionate about it. I have gained so much from the C25k and 10k and Beyond communities that I am really keen to extend to the next steps in this community for those of us looking further afield.
I want this group to be for anyone who may gain some benefit from what people share and can perhaps offer advice too? So if you are keen to get to Marathon level or you are training for a specific event ( 5k, 10k, HM or marathon) then this group is for you!
Lets support one another on all of our journeys big and small and help each other reach our goals whatever they may be.