One of those Annoying Runners.

I’m not a runner. I don’t feel any shame for admitting that I’m not built for running, never have been. Like most people, I’ve given it a try over the years and had stints of running which for me is jogging slowly but I’ve never really found my passion. I don’t feel bad about it as I think that we are all built for different sports. My husband could get off the sofa now and do a 5k run in a reasonable time without any concern while I would be trailing behind gasping for air. And I could Irish dance the arse of anyone but I am most definitely not a runner.

Despite my running inability, I have always wanted to run a 5k. It’s not a long distance, seems relatively reasonable and if my will fails, I can still just walk it. I have to this point successfully avoided all charity runs, either personally or work related and have happily been the person on the sidelines cheering the weary runners on. My brother recently completed his first charity run which his kind work colleagues signed him up for while he was on holiday and I have to say I was a little inspired. I watched him do an early morning park run with a six-month baby on my hip and as he jogged by in a rather fetching lycra outfit I wondered if I could do the same?

Well, the opportunity has presented itself and I’ve decided to take the plunge and dig out my running shoes. My local church, Hillside Wesleyan, is doing a ‘Hillside for Haiti’ 5k run to raise funds for their Haiti mission trips. Don’t worry, I’m not asking you for money, calm down. The run takes place on a trail not far from my house and many people use it as an opportunity to do the couch to 5k run program which is exactly my plan.

I have already been out twice and enjoyed my brief running minutes of dance music accompanied by an electronic motivational voice that tells me to keep going! This is not easy for me and it certainly does not come naturally which is why I wonder what the hell I am doing every time I get home in a sweaty mess. But for some unknown reason, I am determined that I will run this 5k. Anyway, your support would be appreciated and I will try to post updates on my progress or failure. And if any HRM people are interested in joining me for the run, give me a shout and I can send you the details. Happy running!

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