In the last two years I have tried on two separate occasions to get into running. Both times I started ‘couch to 5k’ and I failed miserably both times. As well as running I have also tried various exercise classes and home workout regimes in the last couple of years and I even had a gym membership for a few months not long after Bella was born. But I just never seem to stick at exercise for very long before I get bored and I eventually give up. And every time I really regret it and kick myself for giving up.
However, since January I have been on a mission to get my body beach ready. I have been consistently going to two hour long exercise classes each week along with the odd home workout thrown in too. This is the longest I have ever stuck to any exercise regime and I am now the fittest I have been in years and I absolutely love the buzz I get after a great workout. So when I saw that there was a new Park Run starting fairly locally to me I decided I’d just bite the bullet and give running another go. The friend I go to classes with was up for it too so we registered online and printed off our bar codes and that was that.
When we arrived for our first Park Run I actually felt physically sick with nerves. I think I had to talk myself out of making a mad dash back to the car at least half a dozen times! I think my main concern was that I wouldn’t actually be able to make it round the 5k track without either passing out or throwing up, after all I had never actually run as far as 5k before!
Somehow, we did it, I did it. I ran 5k and my god it was hard and oh boy was I slow, but I did it. I didn’t pass out and I didn’t throw up. And that was all that mattered to me. That adrenaline pumping through your body as you cross the finish line is like no other and as soon I finished, I couldn’t wait to do it again the following week. That was until the ridiculously achey legs kicked in of course, I honestly could barely walk for three days!! 😉
My first Park run was now four whole weeks ago. Since then, I have knocked over two minutes off my time and each week I can run just that little bit further and it feels just a little bit easier. Although it’s just once a week, I have definitely found a new love for running. Which is something I never ever thought I would say!
Park run has very quickly become an Ordinary Moment for me every Saturday morning now and while I’m out running it means that Bella gets some quality time at home with her Daddy too which I think is so important for them both, especially as Josh works so much through the week. I absolutely love the sense of achievement I feel when I walk back through the door, knowing I have just done something that a few weeks back I honestly didn’t think I could actually do. I know 5k isn’t very far at all but I’m really excited to see my progress over the coming weeks and once it feels a bit more comfortable I’m hoping to try and go for a few runs myself and see if I can push myself to run a bit further too!
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