This time last year I didn’t know any other runners, just Husband.
This time last year I was battling sore knees and didn’t think I would ever run more than 5kms at a time (I really wanted to, but in my heart of hearts I didn’t think it was possible, my dreams were only wishful thinking).
This time last year I hadn’t entered a 10km event.
This time last year the thought of joining a running club made me feel awkward.
This time last year a half marathon was only wishful thinking.
This time last year a marathon… a marathon… get real… wasn’t a thought that entered my head.
This time last year I was hoping to run the Point to Pinnacle for my 50th Birthday in 2014 (surely I will be able to do it by then?).
This time last year if I entered a fun run I wanted to apologise to other runners for being there.
This time last year I didn’t think I was a real runner.
This time last year despite the fears, the love of running had been unlocked through months and months of determination. The transformation of me into a runner was well on the way… I just hadn’t acknowledged it.
How things can change in the space of 12 months. Today marks the anniversary of the first post on Unsporty Women Can Run.
Today I’m preparing for the Point to Pinnacle in just over eight weeks. I’ve been brave enough to bring this event a whole 12 months forward and to try it for my 49th Birthday. (And training is going well… so far so good!)
Today I haven’t done a marathon but I KNOW I could prepare for this distance and it’s firmly on my concrete wish-list. When will it be? Possibly the Ross Marathon in 2014 or maybe the Cadbury Marathon in January 2015.
Today I’ve successfully run a half-marathon 🙂
Today I’m a member of TWO running clubs! And the running-bouncers didn’t stop me from joining, I was welcomed and encouraged. In fact I know that running-bouncers don’t even exist!
Today I look back and I have completed a 10km event. My goal was to run all the way and finish – I did that in a sub-60 minute time (just)!
Today I feel comfortable going to see the Osteo and Sports Masseuse when things are not quite right and as a result my knees are fine.
Today I can say I am a runner. Me, the Unsporty Woman is no longer transforming herself, she is transformed. Ta Da! She is a runner who can join the start of a fun run and feel like she belongs.
Today I have running friends.
Running Blogger Friends…
Yes, I have special friends here in the blogosphere who I have come to care for greatly. I look forward to your posts, to hear how your running is going, your holidays, your family, your work… the funny stories and successes, the recipes that you share… But sometimes I get my tissues out and cry when I hear of struggles, bad times, negative things that are impacting on your life and when I do hear things like this I send you all the positive energy that I can find and wish you well hoping that these hard times will soon be over. Thank you for sharing your running and life journey with me through your blog. I have been inspired beyond what I thought was possible. I have learnt so much about running, helpful things, stretches, running technique, diet, about running gear and how to avoid injuries. I worry about you when I don’t see your posts. I check to make sure I haven’t missed you in the reader and if you are taking a break I hope that you are ok. I appreciate your words. Thank you fellow running blogger for everything that you share with me.
The Local Running Community
This time last year parkrun was an unknown to me. Today through parkrun I’ve met so many lovely people. This community would have to be the most inclusive bunch I’ve ever had anything to do with. It’s so good to get and run with like-minded people and then to be able to talk and chat about running with them. About good runs and bad, about hopes and dreams, about successes and things that we are still working on (and no one glazes over with a bored look!). I’ve loved the few runs that I’ve done with the Launceston Athletic Club and all the local Fun Runs… and it’s been wonderful to join The Running Group. My running confidence has increased dramatically since the beautiful advent of Launceston parkrun in November last year. parkrun has been the catalyst that has given me confidence to take my running further than just pounding out kms and hoping for the best, but to be able to dream really big dreams and see them as realities that I can achieve.
Looking forwards? Point to Pinnacle is just around the corner. It truly is my Holy Grail of running events, that marker I am looking to reach in my running journey. After November what will be in store? There is a whole range of events I’ve found out about from trail runs to nice flat runs, long distance runs to shorter distance runs… This time last year my running dreams were restricted by doubt, but where I am now there are no restrictions… if I can do all of this in one year the sky is the limit. And do you know what? If I can transform myself into a runner ANYONE can! Just make that decision to put on your running shoes, get out the door and dream some dreams.
Happy running 🙂