Back in September, I joined in with something called Challenge 10. The idea was at the end of 10 months, 10 bloggers would run 10 miles. Numbers dwindled over the months but I wanted to try my best to see it through and now the time is up! Did I manage it?….erm, no…I did manage 10K and I debated going back over all my posts and editing them accordingly so I could claim I’d done it but decided to fess up! I’m not really a “natural runner”, I still struggle, I lost a few toenails (I know, so gross, sorry), I hate the first 20 minutes of a run, I sweat like mad, I sometimes get so hot that I can hardly see (a constant topic of teasing for my friends) and I’m kind of slow but back in September I couldn’t even run the 300 meters to the end of the road so, progress. Yay. For now, 10K is a huge achievement for me (if you’d seen me at the start, you’d totally agree!) and I’m hoping that I can up my mileage over the summer and smash the challenge target. It’s really taken me by surprise how much I’ve ended up enjoying exercise. I’m the kind of girl who wished I could get fit sitting on your arse and watching telly ( seriously, I would be ALL OVER THAT). I never thought I would be signing myself up to run… for fun! But I did and, don’t tell anyone, but I’ve loved it. I understand now why people want to run marathons, it’s addictive stuff. Even when I have a run that I hate every second of, I always feel good for it after!
A few weeks ago, my friends and I ran a 5K obstacle course (in the rain, no less!) called the Colour Rush. They throw paint on you on the way around, what’s not to love about this? It was like the weirdest hen night that I’ve ever been on but really fun, we laughed a lot. I could not have imagined wanting to do anything like that 10 months ago and now I’m Googling to see what else we can do. Me, a runner. Who’d have thunk it?
Obviously, we *had* to take photos of the occasion. I didn’t want to risk my beloved camera or my phone so these were taken with a disposable. I’m totally getting some more for the summer hols, I loved happy snapping away and the laughs when I collected the photos! Simon and some of our friends did the same run the next day and the kids joined in at the end. So cute! I hope that in a few years, we’ll be running the whole thing together.