|some of my august runs last year, and my fastest 5k at that time|
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.
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.
|pre park-run a few weeks ago|
|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.