“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.” Forrest Gump

That’s how it started for me way back in 1992.  I just woke up one morning and decided it would be a good idea to go for a run.  Unlike Forrest, I just went around the block. Once.  But it didn’t take long before I was doing thirty minutes or so most mornings before work, and ten kilometres twice on the weekend.  Many times since I’ve stopped running last century I’ve wanted to take it up again.  But I’ve kept making excuses.  But not any more.

I am a runner again.


JFDI and an app on my iPhone called ease into C25K.

I’m up to Week two, day two.  And I can do it. I just have to focus on breathing, not taking too long strides, weight forward and not crossing my arms in front of my body and I can do it! (Many thanks to the 12wbt Sydneysiders members who gave me those tips.)  It has helped enormously that I have a #runningbuddy – you may have seen her comments on this blog.

So my next step is to do Week two, day three, and just keep on going.  I have signed up for a running clinic later this month, where my running will be videoed and I will get feedback on how to improve.  And I found out yesterday that Michelle Bridges is adding 10km and Half Marathon training regimes to the fitness programs on 12wbt.  I am so happy about that.  My goal is to run the 10km of the Blacktown City Fun Run in June this year.  Next goal is to run the 14km of the City2Surf in August.  If I am ready I’ll start the half marathon training in Round 3 2012.  If I’m not ready, I’ll do that in Round 1 2013.

It’s more than just a way to burn calories and lose weight.  It’s something I really enjoy.

That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For n particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. 

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. trudid
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 11:16:21

    Yeah! I LOVE C25K and one day I will be able to run 5km without stopping and then further and further and further!


    • 77noni
      Feb 18, 2012 @ 12:11:27

      Hi trudid :)

      I look forward to just running without thinking about the seconds and metres to the next tree ;) It will happen because we are not going to give up!

      Leonie x


  2. Amanda Hyatt
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 11:29:14

    An inspiring post, Leonie. From Zero to 10k … would you have imagined that two years ago?? Absolute star!!


    • 77noni
      Feb 18, 2012 @ 12:12:57

      Hi Amanda :)

      Two years ago I was dreaming about it, but didn’t believe it was possible, so didn’t even bother to get up off the couch! Its amazing what you can do when you just put one foot in front of the other.

      Leonie x


  3. Sandra
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 15:03:56

    Thanks for the company – it makes it all a lot easier…and I promise to stop making you laugh while we run up hills…we are #runners, kiddo!


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