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Mind Over Matter #ChasingFitnessStory by AV Turner.

October 21, 2017

About a month ago, I was doing some deep thinking about how I was running. Like you do. 

I had just completed a 10k with my friend, and although I was happy, elated and proud at the finish line, there was something bothering me, and I was feeling frustrated.  So, I decided it was time to do something about it.

For the last 6 and a half years, I have never been able to run consistently.  It has always been an annoying pattern of, run a bit, walk a bit.  Then it became a habit that I couldn’t get out of.  Then it became the norm.

So, you can imagine I was starting to get really cheesed off with myself; it was time for a one to one chat with the running troll inside my head.

It was during my recent 10k that I started questioning “Why do I have to walk?  Am I tired?  Is it because my legs ache?  Is it because I get out of breath easily?”

I broke all these questions down into little segments, and came to the same answer.


 “So, what’s your excuse then?” I asked myself.

 “Erm, don’t really have one” I replied.

I remember running behind a couple who were most probably in their 60’s.  Their style was relaxed; more of a jog really.  But one thing I did notice was that they kept their knees low, and most importantly, they kept on running… walking at all.

 “If they can do it, why can’t I?”  I said to myself.

 I had a few days off after the 10k and then embarked on a recovery run the following week with my Bestie, Lesley.  This time, I was so determined to stop the annoying cycle of run/walk that I managed 5k with her around the town without walking any of it.  

I think it proved to me what I knew already.  Running is 95% mental stamina and determination.

I am really proud to say that I can happily run 5k without walking on a regular basis now.  My fastest time was 35 minutes.  If my legs ache or I get a little out of breath, I slow my pace right down until I recover, then quicken it up again when I’m feeling more on top of my game.  It is slightly embarrassing to think though, that it’s taken me six and a half bloody years to get to this happy place.

That, I think is because I have until recently, always ran alone.  There is much to be gained from running with friends or a club.  

 But hey, you know how the saying goes “Better late than never”.

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