Why I run!
There are several reasons as to why I love to go running…note I didn’t say why I love to run!
I first started about 12 years back; part of my job was to present at conferences and, being the first speaker after the ‘Welcome’, having to walk off stage down to the back of the large conference room, then having to literally race back around the hall to re-enter the stage from backstage, delivering my first presentation was hard work.
The audience must have noticed my rather shaky voice as I struggled to breathe and talk! The answer to this challenge was to increase my fitness so I started running – alone.
Even a 3 minute run was hard and it seemed to take months before I could run and breathe – and even longer to run, breath and say ‘Hello’ to anyone I met!I then suffered an injury on a longish (7 miles) run which put me in a ‘boot’ for six weeks and I struggled to get back into running for a while.
After a year or so I started running with my brother-in-law, ‘T’, which was fun. I would occasionally run with my daughter, Cleo, and once (I’m a quick learner) with my son, Vince, who (being ex-army) almost finished me off with his fast-pace and shouty instructions to run faster.
About 18 months back I joined a running club called Kingfisher Harriers (introduced to them by my friend, ‘H’). I had been quite sceptical of running clubs until then, believing them to be elitist, but, boy, was I wrong?
I have met some fabulous people and mad some lovely friends through this group. There are some real characters: to mention a very few of the Thursday morning runners there are ‘the boys’ ‘C’, ‘G’ and ‘M’ who throw insults around like confetti (telling people to move aside to let Leigh through). They don’t just insult me of course, they insult each other and everyone else – new people must think ‘WTH?”. It is all done in good fun and they are very very supportive – they push you on and motivate you for sure! ‘The girls’ (‘L’ – a superb cake maker, ‘J’, ‘J’, ‘B’, ‘Jy’, ‘V’ ‘H’ ‘H’ ‘S’ ‘S’ ‘S’ ‘E’) all super-supportive and we treat each other to coffees (sometimes ice-cream). Our run leader, ‘S’, coaches and encourages us and keeps us all together – he’s a great guy.
Another group I run with are called Crabbs Cross Chasers and Monday evening runs are fun (but a little faster than most runs). Headed up by ever-smiling ‘J’ and big-hearted superstar runner and author ‘D’, this group raise money for charities. We all pop just a couple of quid into a bucket and each quarter the money goes to a charity of our choice – this is democracy at it’s best, may ‘D’ should go for PM.
Last evening we handed over £550 to a charity called ‘Socks and Chocs’ – none of the people who work for this charity take a salary so you can be sure all your money goes to the cause (rare nowadays).
So, why do I love running? It keeps me fit, keeps me sane, gives me a goal (I’m trying for a half-marathon currently), I love getting to know the people I run with and I can do my bit for charity. As for the run itself…I rarely enjoy it (although I enjoy the chats with fellow runners now that I can run, breathe and talk) but I love the runners high I get afterwards.
Running – you really should give it a go!
PS I suffer with my knees but an orthopaedic consultant confirmed yesterday that my knee pain is not caused through running, its degenerative (as in anyone over 40 can get this) and he told me, ‘Don’t rest, keep running and do some intense physio’. Yay!