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Running, a year on (or, I ran to Nottingham)

It's funny how a spur of the moment decision can have such a major impact on your life.  At the end of July last year I had a day off work at home, which meant that I was on dog-walking duty.  As usual, I wasted away the morning mooching around the internet and came across some fitspo sites.  I was faced with the sort of graphics you see every day on Tumblr and those types of blogs - "suck it up now or suck it in later", "success trains, failure complains", "yesterday you said tomorrow" and so on.  It suddenly occured to me that that day could be the day I kickstarted a positive change in my life, and so instead of walking Bodhi around the field I let him off his lead and ran a few laps of it whilst he bounced along beside me.  It felt amazing. From then on, I decided, I was a runner.  The only person who could stop me from being a runner was me, and 'me' wasn't going to do that anymore.  I tried the Couch to 5k programme but found it a bit restrictive (some days I found I could do more and I wanted to push myself) so I started using the Nike Running App, getting up before work and running as far as I could.  I started off little, a mile and a half, sometimes even less, and just kept pushing until I could do more.  I remember the elation I felt when one day I could run and talk, and run for a kilometre, and then a mile, without stopping.  There is a moment when it just 'all works' and it feels so amazing.
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some of my august runs last year, and my fastest 5k at that time
In November last year I set out to try and run as far as I could, and I ran seven miles/11.4 km in 1 hour 23 minutes.  I then had to have a break for a couple of months as running in below freezing temperatures was painful on my chest, but I picked it up again in March and loved it every bit as much as I had done when I'd started.  (I've also now been diagnosed with sports-induced asthma and have an inhaler which should help with running in the cold this year).  I found myself able to run 5ks in the mornings before work and tried (and still do) to run several times a week.

My biggest acheivement since I started has been running the five mile National Lottery Run around Olympic Park and into the stadium.  It's something I never would have dreamed of last year.  I hated running in school and would sit in the bushes gossiping with friends when it came to cross-country running time (emerging a little while later for the final lap).  I didn't really do any sports from leaving school until I started running (12 years of barely any exercise!) but getting into running has given me an appetite for all kinds of fitness and I now try and go to the gym a couple of times a week too.

national lottery olympic park run medal

On Sunday I went running in the forest and managed 8.5 miles (about 13km) and loved every second of it (apart from the bit where Tom screamed at me as I was about to get bitten by an adder).  I try and do Park Runs on Saturdays so I can get another record of my time, plus I enjoy organised runs.  I'm not a fast runner - I haven't managed a sub-30 minute 5K or a sub-hour 10k but I do it because I love it, I'm not in competition with anyone.

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pre park-run a few weeks ago
I ran for a few weeks when I started without using any tracking, and there's been other runs I haven't tracked, but since I started, my combined Nike App total and the Garmin watch I now use is 190 miles. That's the equivalent of me running to Nottingham! I congratulate myself for every run, no matter how small. I'm fighting against 12 years of not doing any exercise and it's almost always a hard slog but it's worth it. I find myself uttering phrases that weren't even in my lexicon this time last year - "I'm running home from work today", "Where's my heart rate monitor?", "My next target is to run 10 miles."  I have moments of sheer joy when I run, sometimes it almost feels like an out of body experience when it's a particularly tough one (I had a moment like this running up a hill in the New Forest on Sunday!) - the moment when you realise you're using your body for what it was designed to do - legs moving in front of one another, the road or track in front and behind, propulsion derived from you and you alone.  It's an indescribable feeling.

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a sweaty and pained but elated me post-8 miles on Sunday

For anyone who fancies running, or getting active, and thinks it's not in their nature, I promise you can make it happen.  Last year I had barely exercised for 12 years and now I've basically run to Nottingham.  So there you go.

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25 comments

  1. Such an inspiring post Rosie, I love it.

    Franky xxx

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  2. This is so inspiring, now where's my trainers hehe xx Emmi

    http://emmihearts.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. This was so motivational to read! I loved it

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  4. Wonderful and inspiring post. You've just convinced me to run when I 'walk' Max next time, which won't be a walk at all! x

    LittleGlitter.org

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  5. this was such a motivational read. I keep thinking about how I'd love to get fit but I just never do anything about it. I think this just gave me the push I need

    You're doing so well, well done!!

    Tori

    aztecmess.com

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  6. I bet it is so nice running around the forest (barr adders), that would totally inspire me! I live in a far too sub urban area so although I have the beach and parks, I dont find them nice to run along for some reason. We do have the downs, but then I think that's a bit too ambitious for me! xx

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  7. Such a great post Rosie! I started running last March and have become addicted to it- you're right in saying it's the best feeling ever knowing that you are pushing yourself and making your body do what it's designed for!
    x

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  8. You should be so proud of yourself hun, I was running for like two weeks and gave up. Your an inspiration that I should get off my bum and do it. Well done sweetie I salute you xx

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  9. You INSPIRATION! I am nodding to so much of this sentiment, running shouldn't be competitive, it's all about you, and your achievements are fantastic. I dream of the day when I can run 10k, but you're a real inspiration to me lady because I sympathise with all of the anti-sport feelings as a youngster! <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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  10. Brilliant. I ended up doing a few marathons as a result of wanting to get off the gym treadmill and into the open air. As you say, anyone can do it, running is just for you and speed does not matter

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  11. You are so right, the only who can stop us from doing things is us. I have been saying to myself that tomorrow morning i will get up early and go for a run but my tomorrow never comes only. I get so lazy in the mornings. I guess it is with anything that we want to do, if we are serious about achieving something then we can do it and the only hindrance that can come in the way is us not willing to put in the effort.

    Great post dear and congrats on the national lottery run. I hope i can pull up some motivation and start running.

    Naaj Ronas Lifestyle

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  12. This was such an inspiring post and it's amazing to see how far you've come, seriously great job. I'm going to get myself back into the gym routine, and then maybe I'll face running in the real world! Where I live you'll bump into a lot of people you know, and I don't fancy doing that until I can keep up my stamina! Congratulations again on the National Lottery run!

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  13. You're beautiful, radiant, glowing, brief ... beautiful in these photos.

    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

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  14. Very inspirational. I have somehow managed to convince myself that I'll probably just drop dead if I ever go running, but maybe I'll give it a go on my day off on Wednesday.

    Petite Gingembre

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  15. This is AMAZING. You know, I took running back up again because of your tweets about it!! I'm currently at about a 10-minute-mile level, which I'd love to improve, but you're right- I'm only competing with myself, so it doesn't matter. My next target is to do 5 miles- so I'm incredibly impressed at your 8 mile run!!! xx

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  16. Love this post. I've been working out like a crazy lady for about 14 months now, and I am happier than ever with myself - with having a new hobby, a healthier, sexier body and lots of new friends I got to know through running and the gym ... but sometimes I have days when I can't be bothered and when I don't see the point anymore, and then some blogger like you shares his running or fitness story and I am absolutely motivated again!

    Thank you for that!

    Lots of love, keep going!

    Maria

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  17. This is such an inspiring post, you should be really proud of yourself! I've tried a few times now to get into running, but I really struggle to enjoy it so think I'll stick to the gym. I can definitely understand those feelings of pure joy though, I get those when I row further than usual or lift a heavier weight. Exercise definitely makes you feel good! x

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  18. You are such an inspiration. This post has made me want to run more than anything I've read on other blogs or Pinterest has! I've got a few evenings free this week so I think I'm gonna have to bite the bullet & stick on my trainers! Congratulations for achieving so much & thank you for inspiring me!

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  19. It's been so nice watching your running progress over the last year, and so much of what you say (except the adder part!) resonates with me completely. I had a few weeks off running recently, during which I signed up for a 10k in November. After my first training run I thought "what was I thinking?!" I could barely manage 15 minutes, but I've been plodding and am already noticing huge benefits. I think your little targets are also a great way to keep you motivated. Having followed your blog for a few years now I can say you're looking the healthiest I've ever seen you. Well done xxxxx

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  20. Extremely inspirational post Rosie, you deserve to be so proud of yourself for sticking with it!

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  21. An absolutely bloomin huge congratulations to you! I am so impressed and so influenced by your attitude. I hated exercise at school too, and I'm still taking baby steps compared to you, but I just started running on Sunday and I love it! I went out with my boyfriend and I'm taking baby steps - 1/2 a mile, then another 1/2 a mile a little quicker, until I hope that one day I can go up to my mum and dad's cottage in the lake district and run some of Wast Water on a winter morning. It will be beautiful and it's my goal! I really want to be a 'runner' and it is SUCH an incredible feeling pushing your body and achieving something you have been convinced for a LONG time that you are incapable of doing. It gives me confidence in areas of my life that I never realised fitness could be related to. If I can run ten miles, I can do anything.

    Flora
    |Two With Seven Blog|

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  22. Great post and congratulations on your achievement - I'm so jealous of you getting to race in the Olympic Park! The thing I love most about running is that even if you just run a mile, you're pushing your body out of it's comfort zone and with every extra step you're exceeding your limits.

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  23. This is really inspiring, a great post! Congratulations on your achievement, I fall in and out of love with running and I have never really "achieved" much with my efforts. I end up choosing other exercises over it, but I would love to be able to run, say, 5 miles without stopping. Maybe i'll try again.

    Beth // SANS SOUCI

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  24. I love this post. I'm in exactly the same boat, started running last year and had to stop due to an operation on my foot, started again in Jan and have loved upping my distance. I have my first half marathon in 4 weeks time and I;m bricking it to be honest but at the same time, by body is stronger and fitter then it has ever been.

    Keep with it and you will see drastic improvements :) xx

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