What a year it has been for my running. Starting out on 11.11.19, I never thought I'd fall in love with running and what it brings.
We were short at work for a 4 person team to run the Hull Marathon in 2020 (subsequently cancelled) and they needed someone for a 5 mile leg so I said, 'I'll do it' and from that November afternoon I went home, looked up how to start running and saw C25k. Now I can run that Marathon on my own. I've had all the ups and downs running brings but I never use the word failure, rather what worked well and what could/can I do differently?
I'm pretty humble by nature but reaching certain milestones along the way has been heartening.
I still consider myself a novice runner and love learning from others. People on the forum make it what it is. Looking on here to support others and be genuinely interested in them is a big thing for me.
I think my biggest achievement is being consistent. I've not ever not wanted to go out there and haven't lacked motivation. It's part of me now.
There is so much advice out there but I do what works for me and run by feel and try and run relaxed. If I go out thinking 5 but do 15 it's ok, if I fancy 10 and stop at 7 it's ok too. All my runs have been invaluable in where I am now. When I lace up and go I enter my world for a while. No stress, pressure, comparisons or anxieties. I run because I want to, for me and for my soul.
I hope you all feel a similar joy to me. I run on my own, nearly always without music or sound and the mindful aspect of running draws me in. I can go fairly far or fairly fast if I like but all that matters is that I go. I don't look at any run as good or bad but rather as an experience.
Love this quote, 'I write a story everytime I run. The road is my pad, I am the pen and the running is the ink.'
Tonight after work I'll run my 5m loop around part of the Humber with a big smile.
Anyway, I appreciate you reading to the end😊
Average Weekly Activity
3 runs per week
Time: 5 hours 31m
Distance: 30 miles