I didn’t actually know there was a runner within me at all until I was about 36 years old* and even then I was just trying it on for size. I never actually expected her to be in there, waiting for me to free her.
In my hey day I was a cigarette smoking party girl so running, or any sort of exercise aside from dancing, didn’t feature much on my radar. And when I say ‘much’, I mean ‘not at all’. In fact, my oh I’m so hilarious one liner on the topic was that I only ran when I was drunk. Boy did I love running then. It didn’t hurt and there were no inhibitions and I just felt so freeeeeeeeee.
Turns out running can feel that way without alcohol but it hurts quite a bit at first while you get yourself trained up. But honestly, it doesn’t go on like that for too long and you become addicted anyway.
I was actually introduced to running by another blogger. I was blogging about meditation of all things when I was doing a 30 day challenge and by the end of the 30 days I was just totally fucked off with it. One of my followers who had been reading about my meditation suggested I try a moving meditation like running instead. So I did.
I recalled there was a lot of hype out there about Couch to 5k programs at the time and since I was seriously a couch girl at this point and had no idea how to get started I figured that was a pretty good option for me. I LOVED IT. I am such a schedule type person and a goal driven person so running to a plan that had a target each and every time was the best fit for me. Plus I got little stats over the headphones for each split and would get all competitive with myself over my pace. It was super cool!
I still run like this now. I probably wouldn’t so much if I hadn’t had another baby but I did and so I needed to slowly get back into running. I figured a program was a good way to do that and it’s worked a treat. Now that I know I like to run I am doing the Couch to 10km program instead as overall my goal is to do a few half marathons at some point.
The farthest I’ve ever run is 14km (pre IVF and second baby) and it was actually pretty easy and I finished with plenty of juice in the tank so I know I have some halves in there, bursting to get out.
So I’m going to blog a bit about all that in this space. I will put times up every now and then plus I plan to whinge, moan, complain, skyte, brag and rant. It’s going to be super fun.
Tell me your running stories.
*the old age running thing seems pretty common hey. It’s like we all lose the desire for stinky clubs and need something else to do to generate energy. Plus running is a break from parenting. I’m so not stupid.
Apps I use
Run Double: This was the first running app I ever used and I just love their programs. I’ve tried others over time but I keep coming back to this one. It’s not expensive to download their full version with all training programs and is easy to use. It’s the trusty favourite.
Run Keeper: this one has all the pretty features. I’ve never really liked how their programs are organised though and that is why it’s not my preferred app however if I am going to do an “open” run (no set distance) I do use this one as then I can take a photo at the end with my stats. See, I told you. All the pretty features.
Things I listen to
I know you think, music, der. But there is more to it than that I swear. Sometimes I don’t feel like music or my one and only Spotify playlist that they’ll let me play as I’m too pov to pay for the premium version just seems boring. When that happens I love:
Spotify Running Mixes: they SYNC to your running pace. I mean WOAH. And the songs never end and have a dead silent spot, they just fade in and out. CHANGED MY LIFE.
Podcasts: seems a bit weird to do a podcast when running I know but it’s actually a great distraction. I can forget about how shit I feel or how much it hurts and just get on with it. Win! The only annoying part is that my stats sometimes talk right over the podcast and that’s a bit infuriating. Maybe there’s a setting for that though. Must check that out.