Well fellow runners and lovely people, I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. It’s finally half term…
I’ve desperately been trying to write this blog-post since last Monday, but this week has been a whirlwind of trips to London; a chest infection; half marathon training and to complete it all, a fairytale weekend! We just got engaged!!! My feet literally haven’t touched the ground and that’s not just the running.
It has been so lovely that lots of you have got in touch to ask many questions about running and the countless benefits that it provides. I really hope that I can help you to get started (if you are thinking of taking up running) or motivate you to carry on (if you have hit a brick wall).
How do you do it? There are millions of blogs out there and I take my inspiration and motivation, mostly, from the people who really have overcome all the odds and continued to fight, despite the darkest of moments. We all know that life can be difficult and some people face more challenges than others, but as a very close friend of mine said “Life is tough, Caithy, but you are tougher.”And the same applies to you all. The mind is a very powerful thing and if you want something enough, with hard work and determination, you can have it. It took me until my 30’s to realise this.
“Running is boring, running hurts, running is for people who are already fit…”! It isn’t a sport for everyone, but I can honestly tell you that it can heal mental pain and serious grief and this is one of the main reasons I wanted to start blogging about it.
Some simple steps to help you get started:
- Never worry about time. I could only run for 30 seconds when I started. I counted the steps rather than the time. You will condition your body once you start. It’s the start that counts.
- Nourish yourself from the inside. Diet and supplements are key. If you don’t strengthen your body, then you can’t strengthen your mind and vice versa.
- Have a goal, no matter what that is, no matter how big or small. I started because I wanted to prove people wrong. You should try it-it’s a great sense of satisfaction.
Lastly, music is key. The faster the beat, the quicker the pace.
This is only the start, but once you begin, you’ll never stop. Will update again shortly, but for now, wedding planning is calling!
Happy Monday x