When I turned 37 I was the heaviest I’d ever been, I wasn’t exercising, and I knew that something had to change. Coupled with this I had a 3 month old daughter who I wanted to have a fun dad rather than a dad who grimaced when he had to get onto his knees to play.
I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do but I started watching what I was eating, cut out the crap and then a month later at work they started a Couch to 5k course and I begrudgingly signed up.
I thought I hated running
I thought running was a solo sport and one which wasn’t something for me. I hated athletics at school, running laps around a field, and why would I want to do something I hated?
Well I was wrong. Runners are amazing people and so friendly! I completed the Couch to 5k in 10 weeks, culminating in my first 5km parkrun, and since then I’ve well and truly got the running bag.
3 months later I ran my first 10km race.
5 months after that I ran my first 10 mile race.
4 months after that I ran my first half marathon.
So in the space of a year I completed Couch to 5k, lost 3 stone in weight, and progressed to being able to run a half marathon.
I now run 4 times a week on average, I may have put a few pounds back on, but nothing major, and now I’m training for my first full marathon which will take place 2 years on from that first parkrun.
I think I’m hooked
I love running. I love runners. I bore non-runners. I’m a running convert and will try and encourage anyone to try running. You have been warned.