Posted: 17/06/2012 at 13:54
Hey guys! I thought it would be nice to hear stories about why we started running, who inspired you, and also hear about anyone you have inspired to run! Here is my little story.... So I am relatively new to running, and recently completed the EMF 10K, which I ran to raise money for Macmillan Cancer. I started to run because of a friendly bet made by my partner. He bet in October last year that I would not be able to run a 10k distance by summer. The next morning after the bet, I got straight on line and signed up for the 10k. I chose Macmillan because I lost my mum to cancer when I was a tiny baby, and always wanted to do something to honour her memory. Next, I trolled through iTunes, and downloaded a walk/run programme onto my iPod, joined a gym, and started toe long, drawn out process of getting my unexcercised body used to running. It was a slow process- I would start off full of enthusiasm, only to be put off the first time I struggled to run the set amount of time I wanted. Or I got a cold. Or there was a good film on, etc etc. I'm sure most beginners know what I mean. I ran the 10k in 1hr 24min 49 secs. It was slow. It was 20+ degrees at 9am, and the first few Kilometers were climbing the beast of a hill that is Arthur's seat in Edinburgh. I had to walk most of that hill. I had to take the odd walking break here or there. I had awful shin splints to contend with too (that I am now getting physio for and rest!). It was tough. But I absolutely loved every second of it! My Dad and his wife came to watch and cheer me on, as did my boyfriend (he who made the bet with me in the first place). They also got caught up in the atmosphere and had a great day out. My boyfriend is now in training for the Tough Mudder in July, spurred on by seeing me run. He has played rugby for years and has always been sporty, so that is fine for him. My step mum, however, has gone the whole hog. She is one of these women who has always been caught up in yo yo dieting to loose a few pounds but never exercises. She thought I was mad to even attempt to run, thinking that it is a boring, taxing sport. The week after my run, I got a text from my dad, telling me that she was up at 5.30 to go for a jog!! Three weeks later, she is still going strong, and is following the same programme I did when starting out. Today they bought a treadmill to put in the house, so she could keep up her training during all this rainy weather. Apparently the next step is a fun run in Autumn, somewhere in London (where they live). I think it is incredible that someone can become so motivated following someone else who has become a runner (I use the term lightly, but have already signed up for a half marathon next year as I am determined to get much better). I thought it would be nice to share this with you guys, and hear your stories too. Sometimes it's a nice way to get motivated again! Do tell! Emma ????