I am not a runner. But I was born into a family of runners. Ultra-marathon runners and Iron-men athletes to be precise. My mom was a star high jumper and hurdler. I could hold my own at school in most track and field events but when it came to long distance running I would gracefully bow out and let the pros handle it. Now don’t get me wrong, I have always wanted to be able to call myself a ‘runner’ but it just never came naturally to me.
Fast forward a hundred years (ok, not quite a hundred) and I find myself once again trying to run. This time I have found support in the form of the Coach Parry website for training. Now, I could easily call on every excuse under the sun as to why I can’t or shouldn’t run. But the truth of the matter is, if you can put one foot in front of another, you can run! It may not be far or fast and it may be difficult, but being unhealthy and over weight is by far more difficult than running.
I have signed up for the couch to comrades program. I’m not signing up to actually run comrades just yet but it is great to have something to train for. And to have an actual plan, that is structured and meets me where I am – the couch, is very encouraging. And to start with 20 minutes 4 times a week is totally doable.
I’m curious to see how far I can get with this program and to see how far I can safely push myself towards optimal health and fitness.
Watch this space.