When did it all begin

I can’t remember the first time I ever ran, or come to think of it running in general in terms of my childhood or adolescence, maybe that’s why I got fat in the first place. I danced as a kid, just can’t recall running…I’m sure I ran to the sweet shop from time to time though.

My first real memory of running as an adult was in fact a race, well it was a 3k fun run around Beckton Park, as part of a council run fit club. I was probably in my mid twenties and working for the council at the time and thought it would be a good way of showing I was part of the team.

I remember the shock after starting way too fast and the pain that I could feel in my windpipe as I struggled to breath. I soon slowed down, in fact I started walking as soon as I got beyond the trees where fewer people could see me. I was hot, my head was pounding and I was only a quarter of the way round. I stop started for another few minutes in the relative safety of the woods, and then as soon as I could be seen again I jogged with the majority of the other runners cheering me on at the finishing line.

After receiving my finishing medal and posing for a group photo I went home triumphant and that was it I was hooked, and the rest is history.

I think it took me 33 minutes or so to finish that 3k, my time has improved slightly since, I’ve still held on to the sense of shame about walking though… I don’t think I will ever loose that.

One Response to “When did it all begin”
  1. Walk or run,at least you finished.And had the desire to do it in the first place..Kudos to you!!!

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