#ThisGirlCan do a 5k

I played a lot of sport as a school girl. I represented my school at trampolining, athletics (field), rounders, and netball. I played field Hockey for our city’s schoolgirl team, and I played badminton at one of the top clubs in our region. I’ve never been a natural athlete, relying mostly on my agility and cunning to see me through. Working full-time and raising a family has meant my adult life has been almost devoid of a half-decent exercise regime. As in a lot of cases, life has taken over.

Before Christmas, I started going to a gym. At only £10 per month, the membership was hard to refuse, and wasn’t too much of a disaster if I didn’t find the time to go every week. I have managed at least once a week – apart from that dodgy period over Christmas and the New Year – and have been slowly getting back into the swing of things.

Last month, I heard about a one-off 5k race on a soon-to-be-opened road less than a mile from my house. I thought ‘why not?’

With all good intentions, I have been trying to get to the gym regularly, but I have been busy and haven’t always found the time. I broke the 5k barrier on the treadmill a couple of weeks ago. I have managed to go out into the real world for a run on two occasions – once for 3k, and the other for 5k. It was hard. The change from a piece of equipment in an air-conditioned building to out on the road with weather and incline was more than noticeable. I also missed the equipment readings which helped me keep to a manageable pace.

I’d like to say I’ve been eating a more balanced diet to accompany my new exercise regime, but I think you’d be disappointed. I’ve certainly cut back on the sugary items such as cola and chocolate, but then I eat far too much of those anyway. I might have lost a little weight. I don’t really know. I never was one for weighing myself.

I’m no athlete. I never have been really. But then we all have to start somewhere. Am I inspired by the recent #ThisGirlCan campaign? A little bit I suppose, but I think it was always lack of will and time rather than lack of confidence which has seen me slip into lifestyle with no clear exercise sessions.

Anyway #ThisGirlCan run a 5k! I did it this weekend and it was hard. At first it was easy, but then at 2.5k we turned around to come back, and the wind hit me like a brick wall. 3k and 4k were very tough, and I was starting to feel regret. After 4k, we re-joined the spectators, the road flattened out again and the wind moved to the side. I made it back. I didn’t come in the top half, but I got around without making too much of a fool of myself (apart from the tutu, but it had to be done).

#ThisGirlCan do a 5k in 35 minutes, and she is mighty proud of herself.

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