Venue: Sutton Park
OK, I am the first to admit that 5k doesn't sound very far - and it sounds even less when you convert it to miles! But considering I wasn’t even allowed to run until a few weeks ago, and before that I hadn’t done any proper exercise in a very long time because of increasing problems with my unstable knee, believe me, this is a challenge for me. And what's more, I am pledging to run the entire way - no walking will be allowed!
Since January I have been going to the gym regularly, as well as doing short runs, as part of the rehab for my knee. Things are definitely getting easier but I still have a way to go. My first few runs were done after dark so I wouldn't be spotted by anyone I know. I am now feeling braver and am actually running in broad daylight. I have even purchased a pink hi-viz top (which frequently matches the colour of my cheeks) so there's no chance of anyone missing me now!
The pink top was just the beginning though and since starting my new gym and running regime, I must have spent a small fortune on new kit - trainers (my old ones had holes in them), tops, leggings, and not one but three (!) undergarments essential for the female runner. The old kit lurking, unloved and neglected, at the bottom of a drawer was rather tatty and, I am sorry to say, on the small side. It had to go. At least now I look the part if nothing else and maybe the financial investment will act as an added incentive to keep at it!
And who knows where it will lead? Maybe this time next year I will be running 10k, a marathon or even taking part in a triathlon! Hmmm ... then again, maybe not!
If anyone else would like to join us on 8th June in Sutton Park, you would be more than welcome.