It’s been ages since I blogged. And it’s not as though nothing has been happening, I’ve just struggled to find the time and the words. So I decided today to start with pictures instead. 

This was my first parkrun, back in August. 

Image from https://www.facebook.com/newcastleparkrun/

I struggled all the way, forcing every step, and it shows. I had to slow down to a walk twice. I thought I’d been crazy to sign up for the Great North 5k, that I’d never run that far. My daughter even photoshopped this pic to try and justify my pained facial expression…

Hopefully Newcastle parkrun won’t mind the doctoring of their photo!

Of course I did run the Great North 5k. And I didn’t stop there. I’ve now run 7 park runs. There aren’t photos of all of them, but in the photos there are I think you can see an improvement:

Image from https://www.facebook.com/newcastleparkrun/ I love this photo because it looks like I was right out in front, when in fact there were at least 500 runners ahead of me. 
Image from https://www.facebook.com/newcastleparkrun/ I’ve reached the stage where I’m not having to concentrate on every step, and am able to spot the photographer and smile!
Image from https://www.facebook.com/druridgebayparkrun/ My first run as a parkrun tourist.
Image from https://www.facebook.com/newcastleparkrun/ I blinked, but I look as if I’m enjoying myself.

My time has been sneaking up from 37.29 back in August to my current personal best of 31.18 last Saturday. Which for my age, size and relative inexperience I think is good. 

And it’s not just parkrun. I’m running at least another twice a week now, currently somewhere between 7 and 10k each run. After all that fear that I’d never manage 5k I’m now at a stage where 5k is the shortest run I do! 

And the thing that surprises me the most is I’m enjoying it! I’m looking forward to my runs and prioritise them over all the other stuff I have to do. All those years of believing I just couldn’t run, now I can. I wish I’d done it sooner. 

I’m also visiting the gym weekly, less cardio more weights as I’m running so much outside now.  
And yet my weight stubbornly hovers at the same amount. Which is partially because the dark and cold at this time of year make me reach for the comfort food, and I’m finding that the hardest habit to break. I’m cooking healthier meals from scratch the majority of the time, but I still need to reduce the lapses. 

I’m aiming high though. Next year I want to run the Great North Run. All 13.1 miles of it. I’m certain I can get up to that distance by then. 

I can. 

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