23.4.18

Joining a running group

2 years ago I took my first steps into the unknown world of running - and I haven't looked back since! I started my journey by downloading the NHS C25K app and dutifully listening to the running instructions whilst panting my way around a little lake behind my house. I couldn't even conceive of the idea of running on the road WHERE I'D BE SEEN. Nope, I was happy enough in my own little world where no-one but the occasional dog walker would see me in my lycra loveliness.


But then my friend told me about a women's only running group called Notts Women Runners. They cover all of Notts and they run various beginners and improvers courses for women of allllll abilities. They were starting a Beginners course near me and although no one I knew wanted to join me, I plucked up the courage to attend on my own and see what it was all about.
It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made! I went on to meet women who have now become good friends. I've cried with them, been injured with them and done some crazy runs for prosecco but the most important thing I've learnt? It's not about your speed, it's about being happy within yourself and enjoying the run. Whatever your pace and skill. The support we get from within the group is staggering and it's not often you'll see a running group in Nottingham without a Purple t-shirt amongst them!

I still do like the occasional run on my own to clear my head, but I'd be lost without my running group. So much so in fact that I've recently become a Committee Member for NWR in charge of Social Media!

It's cliched to say but I never thought I'd ever be able to run, so if I can do it - anyone can! I still have days where I think "What on earth am I doing to myself??" as I reach for the deep heat, but running has helped me improve my mental and physical health and find my happy place.

But don't be fooled when they saying running is an inexpensive sport! On top of spending waaay too much on trainers, leggings etc I've recently discovered these amazing Hygge headbands and I feel a new addiction coming on...


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