I spent too much time on the sofa, now I’m a runner!
As a chubby child I avoided any sort of running. My thing was ballet and gymnastics and so I was always more flexible than fit. Flexibility comes in handy to a certain extent but it doesn’t help the heart in the way cardio can. I’ve joined a number of gyms over the years and tried all sorts of classes (avoiding anything too cardio based) but never really got into anything particular and certainly have never run. However, as running is cheap (once you’ve invested in a good pair of running shoes and a sports bra) and convenient (no closing times, you can run before work, during work at lunchtime, after work, on weekdays, at weekends, even on holidays – basically whenever), I thought I’d give it a go to try and get fitter. I’m not going to lie, it was hard, very hard, in fact almost impossible at first but I kept at it. I joined my local Parkrun at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough. My first 5k ‘run’ there in August 2015 took me nearly 47 minutes. Of course, I didn’t run much of the 5k, I actually walked most of it but I got round the whole course. 2 years later I regularly run 5k and in August 2017 I ran a Parkrun PB of 34.17. I have even run a Women Running Magazine 10k and am in training for a half marathon. Believe me, if I can run, anyone can!