My journey from running phobia to 5k – part 2

A few months ago I wrote part one of this post, about how after a lifetime of hating sport and exercise, I’d started to embrace it over the last few years and to my own disbelief (as much as anyone else’s) had signed up for a 5k and started training.

I used the couch to 5k app and was five weeks in at that point, of the nine week training programme. I kept going, hauling myself round the local park three times a week until finally I could run for thirty minutes straight – something I never thought possible!

This ‘part 2’ post is a little more belated than I’d have liked, as just an hour or so after my final training run and three days before the actual Race For Life, I injured my back (something to do with the sacroiliac joint I don’t fully understand…)

I’m not going to lie, I was totally gutted, but the osteo warned I’d only make it worse by running. So it was that I transferred my Race for Life place from June to September, and after a few weeks out, started back on the app at the week 5 point.

It felt harder this time round, as my lower back would start to stiffen and the psychological factor of going backwards fitness wise hit me hard. I have no idea how actual sports people deal with injuries! But I guess stubbornness is sometimes a good thing, because I kept plodding and found myself back running for half an hour again, albeit at a snail’s pace.

The long and short of it is that yesterday I did it! I ran the 5k Race for Life without stopping, which was my goal, and even built up speed at the end. It felt emotional, thinking about cancer and what it’s taken from us, in particular for me my second mum Jenny, who I ran in memory of.

But the sense of achievement was huge, and I don’t tell you all this just to blow my own trumpet. I tell you all this because honestly, if someone as scared of running as me, who only ever ran for public transport, can do a 5k then so can you! You can literally do anything.

What’s a challenge you haven’t taken on yet, that you’ve doubted yourself over? I dare you to give it a try.

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