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     smhltz updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 4 Posts
  • smhltz

    January 19, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Hi all – I thought I would finally write an introduction, though it is a long time coming having been on here around 9 months already 🙂

    My name’s Lindsay, and I have never really been a runner, but in 2015, I was convinced by a work colleague to run a local 5k (Bournemouth Bay Run). I had 2 weeks until the run, did a fair amount of cycling and walking, so wasn’t completely unfit.  I tried a mid-week run, and had to stop after about 600 metres !! 🙂 I decided I must be doing something fundamentally wrong, as running was so difficult, and after some research, did some alterations to move my weight forward and bring my hips underneath.  The following weekend, I ran 5K ! It was a miracle – I was hooked (and joined the old bug site) – I could run after all. I ran the Bay run (around 25:40 or so), and decided that I could do 4 of those consecutively, and ran the Bournemouth HM later that year (1:48:51). By the time winter came, I had a knee injury, and had started a project that was taking all of my time 7 days a week, the running stopped, and never really got going again.

    Fast forward 5 years, and having put on a lot of weight, and being the wrong side of 50, I was determined to start running again. The lockdowns came, and they helped as I was able to run at lunchtime. It was hard – so much harder than 5 years earlier, and it took many weeks to be able to run 5K.

    Enjoying it again now – concentrating on circa 10K runs, but will be looking to run some more HMs once this is all over. I am determined to keep things going through the winter (and thank you all so much already for all the encouragement – it really helps), and as I am approaching 12 months running, and enjoying it immensely, I am certain I can avoid what happened 5 years ago.

  • Richard Woodfield

    January 19, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Lindsay – an interesting read.  And well done on taking up running again.  I started age 58 (now mid 60s) and found that there’s masses of enjoyment to be had from running well into middle age.  As you recognise, just need to listen to your body – recognize need to buld up mileage and pace and to build in enough recovery time, etc.

  • Dorothy Meikle

    January 20, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Good to hear your story and that you are enjoying your running

  • smhltz

    January 23, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Good to see I am not the only late starter here 🙂

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