Thanks to the Facebook timeline, I found the actual day when I decided I was going to start running!
I remember the context; O had dragged me out on my first bike ride in about 6 years. We drove to Madeley, and then cycled 16 miles to Bridgnorth and back. Unfortunately, by the time we made it back to Ironbridge, I was shattered and threw a bit of a temper tantrum which consisted of me sitting on a bench outside a pub and refusing to move. O had to cycle back up the big hill (known as B*****d Hill – it’s a killer) and collect the car, then come back to collect me.
Anyway, once I got home and had recovered slightly, I decided I needed to invest in some padded cycling shorts since my backside was killing me. I had a nosy on www.wiggle.co.uk and decided that tri-suits looked far more flattering than cycling shorts. An idea was born..
Extract from Facebook
has decided to take part in a triathlon. After falling over laughing, O has agreed to help me train. Hmm, where to start…..
Following this interesting conversation, I went out for my first run with my lovely friend Felicity, and a runner was born!
Okay, that’s an exaggeration. I found myself a 1 mile circuit by home, and spent the few months building up to running a whole mile without stopping. I’m not joking, it really did a few months. I couldn’t even run 100 yards when I started!!
Anyhow, I got there eventually and on 21st July 2010 I managed to run 3 miles without stopping. A very proud day.