Fat Fridays: How Far Can You Run? It’s Not a Competition.
This blog is my safe space. I had never run before, not properly anyway. I had tried on several occasions but stopped due to many factors:
- Negative family members.
- Low confidence, to be honest, I had no confidence.
- My clothes were all dark and ill-fitted for a workout. I remember having these light grey quarter-length joggers, they were polyester and chaffed. (Back then I did not know what chaffing was or that runners wear running tights.)
- I was afraid to learn – every time I bought a running magazine or found a great diet book, it was left on my shelf to become a paper-based bed for layers of dust.
- Unsupportive friends – Many people will fake-smile in your face and verbalise their support for your healthy changes. But will buy you a basket filled with junk food and tell you, ‘it’s the last time.’
- Some people mocking the bit of progression I had made by minimising my success, with their better timings and distances.
- The negative factors above caused me to doubt my abilities – even as simple as getting up and getting out for a walk
I am a slow runner.
I am a slow runner.
I run, slowly.
I walk a lot.
I jog a little.
- I have a wide array of running tights and I feel beautiful and confident when I wear them.
- I have supportive family members and friends.
- My confidence is turbulent – Sometimes it is great. Other times it is dark and holds me back.
- When I do go outside for a walk/jog/run I always return feeling like Wonder Woman! I feel so awesome and refreshed in my mind, body and soul.
- I can walk for hours.
- I jog around 3-4 miles.
I recognise I have my personal goals I seek to achieve and celebrate each time.
I have decided to participate in the ½ marathon! I’m excited and nervous!
It is my 2021 fitness goal – well, to run the whole way!
My future hopes are to compete in the London Marathon!
- Know that you can go any distance you set your mind on.
- Start small and build on your goal each week. For instance.
- Keep a log of your activities.
- Be consistent.
Live a healthy life.