At School I would avoid exercise at all costs. I would chat to my friends on the rounders field and ignore any balls coming my way. I found exercise embarrassing at school, I was always worried that I was going to make a fool out of myself. I hated it. Writing this I feel so sorry for my persistent PE teachers who must have found me a complete and utter nightmare. Fast forward 10 years and I think I may finally be making them proud as I've now run a whole marathon, several half marathons and countless 10k races.
Running isn't easy. I remember when I first went for a 1 mile 'run' along the Thames. I was spluttering, felt heavy, and my lungs were close to bursting point. I didn't want to carry on, I wanted to go home and put the kettle on and give up. I'm so happy that I managed to overcome that feeling and actually work at something I wasn't naturally good at. I love that with every run I'm improving and getting stronger and achieving more. Don't get me wrong, I still don't find running easy but I do find it cathartic and on very rare occasions I've even experienced 'runners high'. Yes, it does exist.
I've put together a video that I hope will help you on your running journey. If you've just come back from your first ever run and are feeling disheartened like I was then maybe give this a watch...
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