When did you start running and why?
– I started running at the age 51,(3 years ago) after losing over 4 and a half stone in my quest for a healthier lifestyle. I started eating healthier and moving more, mainly walking at that time. My friend and myself signed up for the Birmingham Half marathon 3 years ago, raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. I joined the couch to 5K group at SE Fitness and trained with them twice a week. Unfortunately after my training, I was unable to run the marathon due to heath issues. This stalled my progress but I was determined to continue, so after getting the all clear, I joined the group again in January this year. Starting in the couch to 5k, I completed the course and graduated to the next group, completing my first 5k with the group in the Sutton ParkRun. In May I completed my first race….the Simply Health Great Birmingham 10K.
What do you like best about running?
– I find running very therapeutic. It is something I can do socially with the club. I love that we run, chat, laugh and support each other.. I certainly wouldn’t have been in a position to complete my first 10k without the support of all my running buddies and leaders at SE fitness. I also find that if I am stressed, need to problem solve, or just need some alone time … I just put my running gear on and away I go… works every time.
– I don’t like running in hot or humid conditions and absolutely love running in Sutton Park in the rain!
Favourite SE Route
– I still don’t know all the SE Fitness routes but my favourite so far was last Wed, Bracebridge reversed. (Helyn’s note: I think you are on your own there Dee!)
– my next goal is the Great Midlands Fun Run next year with S E Fitness, but I am booked up for another 10k before that. Who Knows? One day I may complete the Birmingham Half Marathon after all.
I was 5 stone over weight and couldn’t run up the stairs when I decided to change things. I started to walk on my own around the local area and in Sutton Park. It was daunting at first to join a running club as I have never been the “sporty” type. I didn’t know anyone at SE Fitness and was worried I would be too slow and show myself up in a group. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Everyone was so supportive. Becky was my first leader followed by Joy and the support and encouragement I received just made me love running even more.
Finally… I used every excuse to avoid losing weight and getting fitter, but the bottom line was that I was not happy with myself.
My tip would be, if you are not happy just make small changes…walk up the stairs instead of using the lift, say no to the cake, go for a short walk once a day. It’s amazing how these small changes have an impact and how much better you feel physically and emotionally when you start to notice how much better you feel. Set small reachable goals, accept the bad days and celebrate the good ones!