My long runs were my freedom, they kept me outside in the open away from SD, they gave me thinking space and even space to just stand there and cry. But as my depression became so deep and painful I stopped running and started eating more. By the time I realised I had put on six stone, and it broke me, I couldn't see it being put on, I didn't even think I was eating bad things, but I was, and it brought me all the way back to the beginning.
So October 2013, I re-joined my old slimming world, I was three years older, but a lot more depressed, but forcing myself there, I started to run again, and each day my love for running grew, up to the point that it is almost addictive! I started on my own runs, then with mum, and we joined Chorlton runners, an amazing running club that accepts everyone and their abilities. When we first joined we were running at 16 mm (minutes per mile) and struggling to do 3 miles, and under five months later I have completed my first 10k+ run! at around 13/14 mm! I've beat my personal bests at park run by 2 minutes and I'm even planning a half marathon run by the end of this year!
The support from the groups have been fantastic, I'm nearly a stone lighter and I cannot wait to get to my target weight!
My running really has come on leaps and bounds, I find it easier, I feel lighter, I can run for longer and faster, and I feel so supported with everything I do there! It is lovely to hear such positive comments, even if I'm not the fastest, the applause at park run keeps me going and makes me feel extremely happy!
I am so proud to be part of the Chorlton runners, they are a family, and a great one at that! Thank you all for pushing me to get better, for supporting me and my mum, and for just being the amazing people you are!
Lots of love,
My lovely bright running shoes!