I’ve enjoyed running since I was in my early twenties.
Before that I just felt like too much of a plodder to actually take it up as a hobby.
It turns out, that with a bit of training and a little bit of confidence, I am actually OK at it.
Over the years, I have occasionally joined organised runs, but just going out for a jog is really my thing.
Running regularly even taught me that I didn’t need (or miss) a gym environment to keep fit, maintaining a size 10 dress size right up to my wedding when most brides traditionally crash diet. I was eating anything I wanted to and my dress still had to be taken in a bit. Result.
I am not skinny, nor would I want to be. I just want to be fit and healthy.
I run because I want to. I run to clear my head. I run to burn off some frustration. I run to get my best ideas. I run to keep fit and strong for my family. I run because I want to. I am not about PBs.
I used to run before work, after work, home from work, on weekends, on lunch-breaks, on holidays. You’re starting to get it, I would run whenever I could and get a real buzz afterwards. Usually because I was starving and got to eat again!
It’s 30-60 mins when I am using my legs for what they were made for, listening to whatever music I want to. It’s also a time when I find short cuts, get to know a place, and see some amazing landscapes.
Like most runners, I have had my fair share of injuries, but my trusty trainers are still packed for holidays.
I’ve never had any desire to enter a marathon (maybe I will one day), but am keen to train for a half marathon once I’m done having babies.
And that’s the thing, since having Lady P, fitting runs in has become a little bit difficult. I can’t run as often as I would like and have to time runs around my husband or childcare, which is fine but just needs a bit more planning.
To help with this, I even joined a ladies running club when we moved to Warwickshire in the summer, and try to train with them on a Saturday morning if I can. It is non-serious, no pressure and very social. All the things I like!
On Sunday, when the weather forecast said “Freezing cold, torrential rain, high winds and generally horrendous – definitely stay at home with a cuppa”, a few of us decided to run a 10K around a reservoir. As you do.
I set my alarm, ate my porridge and layered up.
This was the first 10K I had run in over 3 years and I was apprehensive. I thought I might end up walking part of it, and hating it.
But as I’d signed up with some of the other running girls, I was committed. There was no going back.
The elements were all against us, but we did it!
I personally managed to finish in 58 mins without any stopping, which I was really chuffed about. I was expecting to be way over as I am not super serious about pacing my splits.
But it really isn’t about that for me anyway. For me, running is just something that I do. It’s my therapy.
It gives me life through my legs, which is why I have started the #LifeThroughMyLegs hashtag on Instagram.
Whatever you do, whether it’s walking, running, or just taking a minute out to acknowledge the world around you, share a quick pic of how your legs are giving you a whole other aspect to your life.
What’s your #LifeThroughMyLegs moment?