Running had never been a part of my life. My exercise history in a nutshell: aged 9-15 I did many sports including competitive swimming, which consisted of lots of training: aged 16-40 periods of sporadic exercise which also included having 4 babies and that’s about it.
I did not run anywhere if I could help it and always insisted that I would never try! Until that is, my husband (aka Mr Fitness Fanatic) persuaded me to run around the block with him.
10 things I have discovered about running in my forties so far…
- The first run was very short consisting of minutes, very heavy breathing and then feeling like I may die. To be fair this is still the case but I can go a bit further until I start to feel like this.
- During the run I feel that I will never want to do this ever again. When I recover, I think ‘Oh when can I go out again!’ (so weird)
- Nowhere seems to sell long enough running gear (I don’t like to show all my lumps and bumps off) I opted for size 20 Next workout tops but they aren’t as long as I would like them to be.
- Lady pads are worn on all occasions (but I must admit that the leaking has got better) which leads to 5.
- I always wear dark leggings, enough said! (my pelvic floor isn’t quite what it was after birthing 4 children)
- Don’t expect to feel like a runner. I have been running for nearly three months and I still call myself a stumbler! That’s not to say I’m not a runner but I always feel so knackered and slow. You must fight that feeling of not looking perfect and I promise when I’m about 1.5k in I couldn’t care less, I just want to get home as quickly as possible.
- It’s the hardest thing ever (exercise wise).
- Parkrun is a lovely community event and when the top ten are speeding past lapping me I quite often get ‘keep going and well done’ which really helps my mindset in powering on.
- My body constantly aches!
- I haven’t lost lbs every week and sometimes gain the odd one but over the three months of doing a little running and being a little more sensible with my diet I’m slowly getting there. Having spent years losing some and then putting it all back on so if it takes me 18 months to get my B.M.I at 25 then so be it!
I don’t know whether my knees will last out with the running but I have already decided that I will have to continue moving in some form or another-even if it’s just so I can enjoy a glass or two of red wine without the guilt! Who am I kidding drinking red wine never makes me feel guilty!
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