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    Emma
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    A similar story to most of you, I did the obligatory running at school and didn’t exactly hate it, but once I left school I didn’t really do must physical activity for a few years. I did a few Race for Life events and times varied from 38 minutes to 50 minutes I think.

    I didn’t think I had any real desire to run, I admired the people who ran marathons and thought those that I passed on my way to work were a bit bonkers, but was happy to leave them to it.

    Then in June 2017 I went on holiday to the Isle of Man with a large group, some of whom I’d not met before. One was Lee, who is now my boyfriend, and one was Emma, his mum. Emma had just run Edinburgh, and on being told this I think my words were something like ‘ahh, are you one of these crazy running people?!’

    Just over two years later, I am now ‘one of those crazy running people’!! It started innocently enough with a Rough Runner event in May 2018, then a Gung Ho in June. Emma had been slowly convincing me I did want to run, and was training for the New Forest Marathon, and she mentioned that it wasn’t just a marathon, they did other distances too – and I found myself signing up for the 5k!

    I’ve kept the competitive running ticking over, I think it’s worked out an average of one event a month. Until recently I’ve only really run once a week, as part of the warm up for Saturday lunchtime gym class (another change that came about as a result of knowing Lee and Emma!!), and I’ve kept plodding away and have seen my average times drop.

    That’s all going to change soon, as I’ve seen 5k events turn in to 10k events, with a couple of 5 mile runs in there too. As a result of more sneaky persuading by Emma (she’s some kind of mind bender I’m sure of it!!) I have signed up for the Silverstone Half Marathon in November, so a 16 week training plan is in place ready to kick off on 5 August. I must be bloody potty!!

    One good thing about all of this, Lee has been doing all the events too, and has just signed up for the Half, so there’ll be lots of support from both of them – although Lee needs to work on his motivational skills, as the way he delivers it isn’t always welcome!! 😂

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    sharnie1
    Keymaster

    Haha – welcome aboard Emma – why do I suspect at some point in your future you’ll get convinced to do a mara ­čÖé

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    Sonia Blackaby
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    2015 was the start of my running journey. I had depression after having my child. I was obese and the doctor advised me to take more exercise to get outdoors it may help. So I decided to begin a walking programme.. I remember it was winter with snow on the ground and getting outdoors was my therapy. I was on medication for 6 months and in that time Id started feeling better about myself. I then decided I needed to try to lose more weight and feel energised with dealing pressures of motherhood. I wanted to be a role model for my child.

    So I took up couch to 5km plan. NHS one as well as watching what I ate and the weight fell off. This was now my time for me. I was getting time to think, time to be me. I suppose running my escape from chaotic world.

    I felt better, lost weight, improved all the time. I joined my local running club made connections with people. Yet there was something not quite right.. I overtrained became exhausted and felt bad I wasn’t progressing more.. I had personal issues at home, grief to process and major life obstacles to deal with so had to take a step back for a while to heal.

    My running journey has not just been about running. It’s been about healing. Healing from PTSD anxiety which I still battle with from time to time. Yet running has always been my constant, my root, my calling to mother nature. It is healing.. It keeps me away from the doctors.

    My community it has grown in a huge way. I’ve friend’s I never knew I had. I achieve things I never thought I’d ever be able to. It’s about being the best version of me that I can. Running is about making sure I take care of my physical body and my mind. If I can run, I can keep up with life instead of being in depression.

    I’m returning to running from a period of healing, rest and reflection and sometimes it’s what’s needed at times. Who knows where my running journey will carry on taking me??? ☺☺

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