Let's talk RUNNING!

If you've been following my stories on Instagram 

You will know that running has become my whole personality and I genuinely didn't anticipate how much it would transform my life and it's only been 3 months. I must preface this by saying I am in no means a professional runner, I don't even think I'm particularly good at it - I've just stayed consistent and committed to the journey. 

At the beginning of January I struggled to run a minute without wanting to stop. I started the Couch to 5k programme and even though I'd attempted this once before (years ago) this time I just pushed through the discomfort. I put my music on, got out in nature and quite literally put one foot in front of another. 

I've spoken about my mental health numerous times, however one thing I begun to realise is that the physical impact trauma can have on our bodies is much greater than we believe. I felt like I was unable to physically move the build up of anxiety and depression stored within my body. 

Running has given me a liberation I haven't felt in years..

By week 2 of the programme I was obsessed, I was planning my next run, researching running shoes and genuinely couldn't wait to get out again.

I stuck with the 9 week programme and actually ended up completing it in 7 weeks. At the start I couldn't run for 60 seconds and by the end of week , I was running consistently for 30 minutes, almost hitting 5K. I didn't worry about things like pace, I just focused on my endurance and gradually upping the KMs. 

Today marks my 11th week running and this week I completed an 8km run without stopping - I ran for a complete hour. Which honestly even typing this, feels wild! 

I have ongoing health issues concerning my spine and my brain which causes pain in every area of my back. I also have issues with a torn discs and hyper mobility - dodgy knees. So TRUST me when I say if I can do it, YOU can. 

At the start I was running with my back belt on, I felt ridiculous but I genuinely didn't care. I think that's also key in finding liberation, be it through running or in another area of life - You must disassociate with the opinions of others. This is your journey, do it for you! 

If I have any advice to anyone starting (again I'm no pro) but do it! download the 'Couch to 5k' app and let the guided runs show you the way. I remember saying to my dad I don't know how I'm going to run for 5 whole minutes and he was like you'll just do it and I did. I've also started using the Nike Running Club app which is also great. 

A few other things worth mentioning 

* A good pair of running shoes will change your life 
* Create a great playlist to get you in the mood 
* Listen to an engaging podcast
* Start slow and steady, don't focus on pace 
* Just get one foot in front of another 
* Not every run will be easy don't let it derail you 
* You are more than capable! 

Sending you love and motivation, let's be running buddies 

Lots of Love