My fitness has always been a bit half-hearted. Yoga; because I could lay on the floor. The gym; mostly to offset partying. Climbing; for weekends away. Any effort towards fitness fell away since having my son.
Over wine and a curry last New Year, a friend and I made a resolution to start running. I downloaded a ‘Sofa to 5K’ app on my phone. The app promised that in 9 weeks we’d be running 5 kilometres. I was a little bit scared.
In January we began. With the phone on loudspeaker, the lady of the app issuing instructions we walked/ran/jogged through the local park.
We don’t have fancy running outfits, one of us runs in yoga trousers, the other in whatever top comes to hand. We run together for conversation and moral support. Sometimes it’s a bit of juggle trying to fit a run in at a time that suits two busy mothers. For several months we didn’t get past week 5. The photo was taken on week 5 run in June.
We always follow the same route, running a bit more, walking less. A little bit further. Then, inexplicably I had ‘issues’ with the app. I kept knocking it. The lady of the app would say encouraging things but be in quite a different place on the run than we were. We abandoned her and her programme and began running the whole route. 5K still seemed a long way off. At various times we’ve both moaned; “Oh God, how much further”. Having each other has been encouraging and motivating. I’m not sure I run regularly enough to be ‘fit’ but I’m fitter than I was. For me, running through nature is invigorating, it blows away stress and brings back balance.
We week ago it occurred to us to ‘Map our run’ (another app!) and discovered we have been running 5K. We reached our goal achieving sofa to 5k in 9
weeks months. That deserves wine and a curry.