At 45 I’ve ran for all of my adult life, starting to run regularly at about 17 when I started work and met my lifetime running buddy Tony. Running has two roles for me. It’s an excellent stress buster and a great way to control my weight.
I’ve battled with my weight all of my life and currently at 16 and a half stone I find myself working hard to lose some. This is my year! It’s maximum effort – Failure is not an option! I want to get down to under 15 stone at least but somewhere near 14 would be ideal.
I’ve ran more half marathons and “fun” runs than I care to remember, including several Great North Runs, and have ran three full marathons; Edinburgh, Kielder and Sunderland which I ran in 4 and a half hours, 5 and a half hours and 5 hours respectively. I’m no speed merchant! I’m a steady away runner. Running for me is about being outside in the fresh air, getting sweaty and enjoying that euphoric feeling of well being when you’re sat on the couch after the run and a shower with a coffee. Priceless, I’d suggest.
Here’s one of my favourite running quotes:
“More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.” – Author Unknown
I combine my running with other sports; weight training, cycling, and squash. I’ve recently discovered the delights of kettle bells! I also think there’s a mind and spirit element to well being so I’m tiptoeing into yoga, deep breathing, and meditation.
But, hey! This is all about running here! So I look forward to telling you about the half marathon adventures I’ve got planned for this year. I’ll tell you about my quest to find a new pair of running shoes in the next few weeks. And I might just pass the odd comment on how the weight loss is going!