Today was day one. I have a goal. I want to run a 10k…fun run? I don’t know how fun it will be, but that is my goal.
I’m not a runner. In fact up until this point, if you saw me running then you better run too because something is obviously chasing me. Me and running? Yeah, we’re barely on a first name basis.
But all that changes from today forward. It is March 20 and I am embarking on a training schedule that will have me in tip top and running fit for August when the Sunshine Coast Marathon comes around again. Last year both my sons ran the full marathon – 42km – and then a couple of months later ran the Blackall 50k trail run. I know there is no way I could even attempt that, but I think I can do 10k…maybe.
Why? I hear you asking. Honestly, I don’t think I have a good answer for that. My sons inspire me so much and while I was watching them and others put their bodies to the test I thought to myself that I should at least give it a go, even if it was just once.
I let my physical appearance stop me from doing a lot of things because I am afraid of being ridiculed, but I was watching other women my age and older who were not super-thin or super-fit run the 5k and 10k and I told myself that I could do it too. I do 5k on the treadmill four times a week, why couldn’t I do it in a fun run?
So that was in August last year and since then I’ve had some health issues but in the back of my mind that goal has still been prompting me. My health issues have not yet been resolved but I’m sick of being in limbo. I want to do this and if I give myself enough time to train then there is no reason for me not to.
My goal for this year has been to be kind to myself and to speak positive things over my life. Forcing myself to run may not seem like I’m being kind to myself, but I am. I am telling myself that I can do this. I am telling myself that I am capable. I am telling myself that I am stronger than I think I am.
I tried to do a video of my first training day…I missed a couple of bits where I thought I was recording but I wasn’t – oops – but here is what I put together…warts and all 😊 which I will post on my Facebook Page…