The trials and trails of Helen as a running blog.
I rediscovered running just before I became 40. Why? The slap in the face to get fit happened when my daughter thought a game of tag would be fun. So did I. Oh how wrong I was. A 9 year old girl was running rings around me like I was an immovable blob!
Why was it such a shock? I was a very fit teenager – running, swimming, cycling it was all fun and easy back then. How had I become so slow? Kids can’t be that fast! Can they?
So that was it. I started with 5k, improved to 10k and attempted a half marathon which set me right back to the beginning and running 5k as if I’d not trained at all. That was a tough set back. But it didn’t stop me. I took things easier this time and I knew better. I experimented with nutrition and found what worked and what didn’t work. In 2013 I ran my first marathon at the age of 42 and a couple weeks after that I ran my first ultra of 50 miles. I’ve never felt so strong, happy and in love.
Oh – I can now catch my daughter at tag. She’s still working on trying to catch me now.
I hope you enjoy the musings of a young 40 year old trying to keep fit whilst juggling life. Should be easy, shouldnt it? Well, is it?