Way back in late September last year, I took myself out of the office for a lunchtime walk. It was hot. I was frustrated with lots of things in my life. In fact, I had been frustrated for some time. Some areas of my life had responded to hard work, others favoured me with luck, but there were those stubborn bits and pieces i just couldn’t seem to influence. Even though I had tried to lose weight, I had tried to make things go smoothly at work, I had tried to be fitter, I never succeeded. I had been logging my meals on MyFitnessPal for 6 months, but the weight went down and then straight back up again.
Frustrated with myself, I broke into an angry run.
It was a hot and sweaty day, I remember that much. I raged internally as I jiggled and sweated and forced myself to run up some steps. And then down, and back up again.
Afterwards I felt much, much better.
Talking to my sister about the experience, she suggested I download a “Couch to 5k” app and see where it took me.
3 times a week most weeks, I jiggled across the Botanical Gardens. When I missed one, I just made it up later. I developed a relationship with “couch to 5k lady”. When she said run, I obeyed without question. When she said walk, I cried with joy because she had taken pity on me. I can’t say I still miss her, but she was the one who got me started.
Thank you C25K lady!
Exactly 1 year later and about 25kg lighter, thinking about where running has taken me. It has taken me …
- to Lorna Jane
- to develop a boxing class addiction
- to a half marathon and collect a closet full of event tshirts
- to a social running club
- to unite with bloggers all over the world (and even in Tasmania)
- to explore barefoot running
- to night running, and running at night, and running in the dark
- to a place where I no longer feel sorry for the person on the treadmill behind me
- to a happier place, where cake is full of rainbows and not frustration.
I’m so glad you’re here too.