Returning to running

Being out of the running game for six months last year was really frustrating. At first it felt like a wee holiday. But after a while, I felt like I needed to be doing something. Not exercising is not only detrimental to your body, it’s also not good for the soul. It just became more frustrating when I would attempt a short run and be hobbling with pain in my hip within minutes. Even the magical Susannah Kippen couldn’t fix me. So I took a break. A long break!

I did some walking over summer, and the odd Zumba class. But mostly I did nothing. The timing for this was pretty good. We’d just moved house so it meant I had more time to concentrate on creating a home. But it seems, for me and I’m sure for most others, that exercise and diet go hand in hand. Being less inclined to exercise meant I more inclined to take the easy less nutritional route at times. So it seems it was all round a bit of a lull period!

In autumn though, I turned to yoga. It’s something I’ve never been very good at. I felt massively self-conscious as well as a bit angry when I’d attempt to join a well established class only to find that the instructor had no time for newbies so I had no idea if what I was doing was right or completely off the mark. But as luck would have it a dear friend had seriously gotten the yoga bug and had recently become a fully qualified Forrest Yoga instructor. She was looking for someone to practise her teaching skills on and I was looking to learn the basics and find out if this could help my hip. Result! We were both on to a winner.

After a couple of months of learning I moved on to weekly classes and attempted my first run in December. Result again! No painful hip. Hurrah for yoga! Of course I didn’t dive in to running head first in December, far too much else to do! Like going to parties and eating yummy food 🙂 So January would be it…

I’m back at it again, slowly increasing my distances. It feels a bit deflating to have to start at the beginning again, but, there’s nothing like a race to aim for to get me moving. AND, the Fella signed up for it too! In just over two weeks we’ll do a local 6km race. My first in about 9 months, and his first ever. Running was always something I did alone, so it feels different yet comfortable to be running together. With spring just around the corner it’s a great time to ramp up the training… seeing as I also signed up for a half marathon in the summer. And who knows, maybe this year will be my first marathon.

It feels good to be back.



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