There was a brief stint when I was an Energetic Teenager when I tried running, and I did a lot of cycling. I also lost loads of weight, though I didn’t appreciate it at the time. The running was short lived, however, and the cycling stopped when I left home and moved within walking distance of everywhere I ever needed to be. And that was that. Each year my figure has resembled a potato a little more, until eventually I reached my final form. The Truest Potato. Or is this my final form? We shall never know, because I aim to go back to being an Energetic Teenager, but the adult version.
Turns out the adult version of an Energetic Teenager is actually a potato that grunts a lot and complains about things like “my back aches” and ” my body is so stiff” and “ouch”. But, the fact is I am a Sporty Person now. Since starting couch to 5k over a year ago I have decided that I tolerate running. On a good day I even LIKE running. I never really finished the couch to 5k plan because the app changed to something rubbish, but I did keep up running at my own pace.
Determined to keep exercising an improving, I gave myself an unavoidable incentive. One evening while sat in my comfy bed, enjoying being inside and very lazy, I signed up for the Great South Run. This particular run is TEN MILES. Yep, my first Proper Run is ten miles. None of this 5k nonsense, I’m going for a ten mile run. I’ve never done things by halves.
The only thing keeping me going is the cats. I’m raising money for Cats Protection and I cannot let them down. Cats are probably the only thing on this planet that I would run ten miles for. You can read more about my insane love of cats in this blog post.
I haven’t lost weight, but I know I’m getting fitter. Weight isn’t everything. I can run further, I can cycle faster, I can feel my body changing. There are MUSCLES under this flab! And muscles burn calories more than fat, so I am heading in the right direction. More muscles = more biscuits, right?
Anyway, it would mean SO much if you could share or donate to my Great South Run challenge. I really want to help the cats, and I really want all this aching to be worth it!