I decided that it would be a nice idea if I set up a Just Giving page for the Run Balmoral 5k I am doing at the end of this month. It's only a little run, but it's my first one and I plan to build up from the 5k and run a 10k later in the year and hopefully a half marathon after that - the Glasgow half in September would be good but I need to see how the 5k goes before I go for that!
I've never really been much of a runner, I used every trick I could think of to avoid PE classes in school, especially when it was cross country running. When I started university I kind of flirted with the idea of running on and off but never made it past going out once or twice. It was just such a painful experience! Everything ached, my ankles, my knees, my shins, my lungs, my throat... I could barely make it to the end of the path let alone street!
Two years ago I started putting a bit more effort into it, pushed past the pain and made it a few weeks into a "couch to 5k" style program of walking for a minute/running for a minute for 20 minutes. After the first week I had progressed loads but still hadn't really developed much interest in running other than the vague idea of wanting to lose weight, so I gave up. I started again last year when I was seeing the personal trainer, weights sessions would end with a 10 minute intervals session on the treadmill - it felt awful every time, but as soon as I was done it felt amazing! I really started to notice improvements and started to really enjoy it. But I moved gyms so could no longer use a PT and the running became more and more infrequent and I've never really managed to progress much further than the run for a minute/walk for a minute method.
It was after a few more runs with my boyfriend and one with JAG and both of them commented on my speed, I realised I was progressing, I was just going faster meaning I couldn't mange a better distance. Now that I have been trying really hard to slow down I have managed to cover 5k a couple of times, though not quite at the running the full distance stage I am hopeful for the end of the month! I am running 3 times a week during my lunch break at work and will have to start adding in a longer run at the weekend with my boyfriend too.
Anyway - I really hope I can do this and I have set up a Just Giving page for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland if anyone would like to sponsor me to do this run I would greatly appreciate it :)
Thank you so much to all the kind people who have donated so far - you're all wonderful!