My Running Story

If you had told me not long ago that I would be able to run solidly for a number of miles, and enjoy it, I would have laughed at you! ‘Me, a runner?’ I now believe that anyone can run long distances, and enjoy it too! Running makes me happy, something I definitely would not have believed possible months ago!

As Bill Rodgers said: “Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run.”

My running story

I started runnning in August 2010. Before that, I literally could not run for more than a few minutes without collapsing! So I started off slowly and painfully, running for just a few minutes at a time with a stopwatch. 2 minute run, 1 minute walk, etc. I remember doing my first 6 min run/2 min walk, which nearly killed me! :P But the sense of acheivement when I ran 10 minutes without stopping, and when I ran my first mile made it all worth it! :D 

On October 17th, I ran my first ever race! A 10k in aid of Cancer Research UK (which I raised £300 for! :D). I was SO nervous at the start; I relapsed into my old minset and was sure I wouldn’t be able to run 10 whole kilometers!

A very freaked-out Emma at the starting line!

But I ran it, and finished strongly in just over 53 minutes! :D Unfortunately, I don’t know what my exact time was, because my timer stopped partway through the race, but needless to say I was ecstatic just to finish, and to finish so strongly! It was brilliant- one of the best and most enjoyable days of my life! This was a huge acheivement for me, as it was something I never would have dreamed I could have done just a few months before! And that was where it all began!

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5 Responses to My Running Story

  1. I didn’t realize that you only started running less than a year ago! You are truly amazing, Emma :)

  2. Hi Emma, I just came across your blog, and I wanted to say that you are an inspiration! I just started running this summer, and am still very slow, but hoping to complete a half marathon next March.

    I can’t believe it took you 2 months to go from zero to 10k, and with such good time! That is amazing. It took me 3 months just to get to 5k at a slow pace, and I’m still struggling a bit there. I’ll be following your blog for motivation :)

  3. How do I subscribe to your posts….

    anna in USA-Texas-

    Your adorable, I am a teacher and a slow runner but I love it…ran a half marathon Sunday and clocked a 10 minute mile, not fast but I felt amazing….hope to run faster even at my age (42).

    Thanks for your site…

    • Hey Anna!! Aww thanks for being so kind! I’m pretty sure that a 10 minute mile is above average, and anyway, running 13.1 miles is a heck of an acheievement no matter what the pace!

      If you go to my homepage, there are buttons on the right hand side where you can subscribe by email or by RSS feed :)

      Have a great day! <3

  4. Hi Emma! I’m Brian from NY. I just started running last week and had my first “bad run” today. I did a google search. Your blog was the first hit and really inspired me to run again in a few days! Thanks! I love it!

    … And chocolate – l love that too!

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