My biggest achievement this year has been losing 37kg and being able to jog parkrun without stopping!
Did I ever see myself as a runner – no!
Did I ever think I could jog for 5km without walking – never!
I tried Maryborough parkrun 3 times in 2018 at my heaviest, completing the course in approximately. 50 minutes. Then the novelty wore off and I stopped going.
Fast forward to July 2019 and after losing some weight, I felt I was ready to give exercise another go. After returning home from a four week holiday and feeling frumpy I went back to parkrun with no preparation and got a time of 45 minutes. This time round was different, my head was in the game and I set myself the goal of being able to jog the 5km without walking.
I have now completed my 10th parkrun this year and am thoroughly hooked. I have managed 8 PB’s with my time now 32:30.
I have been blessed to have my partner, and hound Hughie, join me in our newfound interest of running. We now go for a jog or walk several times a week. My next goal is to get to 30 minutes by Christmas.
That has been the great thing about parkrun, it helps to keep you accountable, and gives you something to aim for!
I have recently done my first tourist parkrun and thought it was a wonderful experience, returning the next two weeks! I look forward to trying more new courses in the future.
I now talk about running with my work colleagues and family non-stop. Who would have thought! Not me!
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