When I run, I like to imagine myself looking like this.
I suspect I actually look like this.
Today I ran for the first time in about three months. I lasted all of 20 minutes and I felt pretty much ready to die when I stopped. I am so out of shape it’s just not funny! Still, I did it, and that’s what matters. Now I just have to persuade myself to KEEP doing it. It’s hard, because we’re heading into winter now, and the weather will be getting rather horrible for running very soon, and once we start getting snow and ice, and then afterwards, slush, it’s going to be horrendous. It will also be cold.
But I will do it!
Because I plan to run 5km next year – hopefully the Race For Life, which will be in the summer. When it will be warmer. And I will definitely NOT enjoy running if it’s hot. I don’t deal well with heat. But I’m going to do it anyway, because it’s important. The cause is close to my heart (breast cancer) and I also know it will benefit me greatly to increase my fitness levels, so it’s a win-win situation.
In the meantime, people of Aberdeen should look out for a fat girl running. Please don’t laugh as I go past – I know I run like Phoebe from Friends (arms and legs all over the place) and I know I have lots of excess bits that are probably flapping around in an unattractive manner, but I’m already a good deal thinner than I was in the springtime, so imagine how I looked then and realise how far I’ve already come. Maybe then you can smile and wish me well instead.
And maybe you’ll think to yourself, “Hey, if that fat girl can get out there and run, then so can I!” and maybe you WILL go out and run. And maybe we’ll be running alongside each other next summer in the Race For Life.
Wouldn’t that be great?
And even if you live nowhere near me, you could still be my running buddy. Just lace up your running shoes, warm up and stretch, then pound that pavement or head to the park. If we can’t run together in person, perhaps we can do it in spirit instead, and urge each other on!