Friday, 11 March 2016

It took a while but finally I've realised I am born to run

I had a fantastic run this morning. The sun was shining in a hazy kind of way. The patches of snow were glittering like diamonds in the sunlight and the mist was hanging around above the woods as I entered them. It all felt just right. And when I got home after my run I was buzzing. And that buzz has lasted the entire day.

I haven't always been a runner. It wasn't until I met Graham that I started running 15 years ago (aged 28) He was one of those crazy people who enter running races, triathlons, half-marathons, etc, etc. And one morning he asked me to go on a run with him. I laughed and laughed and laughed. I stuck the kettle on, lit a cigarette and said 'See you in an hour.' After that, he left it for a while but every so often would ask if I fancied going. And then one crisp, frosty, sunny, winter morning he asked me and I said: 'Why not?'

Despite all my efforts to leg it so I could get home for a cuppa, he forced me to go slow. Real slow. In fact, we weren't really running much faster than walking pace. But Gray knew what he was doing. I was hooked. Two years later, I gave up smoking (getting fitter makes you do healthier stuff, I swear) And when I had my two daughters and put on a lot of weight – 15kg! - and the running stopped for a while, I knew I would get my running shoes on again and I now have. And with the running, came the desire to be healthier and lose that weight once and for all.

And as the years have gone by, I have grown to appreciate more and more what an amazingly finely tuned, quality instrument we have been blessed with (our bodies) and I have realised that - as with any vintage bit of kit - it takes more maintenance as it grows older.

So I have stopped eating the leftovers, I have stopped cutting another few slices of cheese for me to nibble on when I do my daughters' sandwiches, I don't have to have pudding or an ice cream when they do. I have stopped all snacking and cut the wine down to a couple of glasses at the weekend. And now I have just 1 stone left to lose - and I've decided this will be the year.

Now, when the children go off to school I don't think about it – if I did, I would probably decide there is a host of other stuff I need to do more urgently – I pull on my trainers and go out the door. And I never, ever regret going for a run. I'm nowhere near Graham's type of runner – I do a relatively slow 30 – 40 minute run 3 or 4 times per week - and that's it. But how I love to run. And even more, how I love to see that weight going down when I step on the scales :)

6 comments:

  1. I like running too, but I was told to run slower, very slow for fat burning. Having a small kid at home, running helps me to relax a bit and I don't need to think and just enjoy being out.

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    1. Hi Janet! Yes, I believe running slow is the key to start with. And then as you get fitter and slimmer, you can get speedier - that's what I'm counting on anyway ;) Enjoy!

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  2. This is great! I wish I had that kind of passion for some form of excersize! I just haven't found my "thing" yet. I'd love to get into hiking but it's hard to do it seriously with a preschooler in tow!

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    1. Thanks Rachel, Yes, hiking is a little more time consuming which is why a 30 min run suits me so well. Have you tried running? I have yet to meet someone who began the right way and then gave it up ;)

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  3. Sarah, I totally agree :-) I did the Couch to 5K a few years back and I'm so glad I began the "right way" I never thought I'd go from huffing and puffing at 2 mins to running for 30 without stopping :-) Will you do the Winzerthur Frauenlauf (5K)? I'm in year 3 and looking to do a couple more 5K's.

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  4. Hi! Well done you! I haven't heard of the Winti Frauenlauf but I would definitely be up for it if hubbie isn't at work. I'll look it up and let you know! I would love to do an event with other people :) Thanks for the suggestion ;)

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