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I made my first attempt at running on the 21st April this year. Prior to that, I have never been much of a runner, in fact this was one of my favourite jokes shared on Face Book:

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Now, 4 months later, I’ve increased my average pace from that of a sloth at 9’55’/KM during my first run to a fast tortoise averaging 7’51″/KM during this mornings run and I’ve clocked up a total of 228.7km’s of pavement pounding. I know for athlete’s this may look like a bit of a joke, but for me, having  lived a practically sedentary lifestyle for more than a decade, it’s really something to be celebrated.

The amazing thing is how strong running has made me, both physically and mentally. When I first started running, my muscles were so weak that I couldn’t hold my head up and had to run looking down at my feet, do you know how many times I got slapped in the face by an overhanging thorn tree branch because I couldn’t look up to see where I was going? Now I can run with my head up and look in front of me, so much easier for dodging obstacles.

I’m also able to stretch properly now, I could hardly stretch before, my muscles were tight and short from disuse, now I have no problem doing quad and hamstring stretches which were near impossible for me just a couple of months ago.

I’m also running my first 10KM race in two weeks time and I’m very excited about that.

Running has done something amazing for me, aside from the physical changes, like drastically trimmed down thigh’s and calves, it’s also been amazing for my frame of mind. It puts me in a good mood and sets the whole tone of my day.

An integral part of my running is music. I have to run to music, preferably loud, angry, rock music like this:

So, if there are any runners/rockers reading this, please make suggestions in the comments for additional songs I can include into my running play list!

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply PluckyLuke

    Such an inspiration Sharon. So stoked you’re doing so well. I’m getting back into my running as well and could NEVER do it without my music. One song that always makes me push a little harder when I feel like stopping or walking is Lose Yourself by Eminem. Also, Get Busy Living – Goldfish, Bom Bom – Sam and the Womp, I’m Shakin’ – Jack White, Spin Spin Suagr – Sneaker Pimps, C’mon (Catch Em By Surprise) – Tiesto vs Diplo Ft Busta Rhymes, One Day Reckoning Song – Asaf Avidan & The Mojos

    Good luck for the 10km!

    July 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Thanks I’m quite excited for the 10km. I’ve run a few 8km’s in preparation and confident I can do it, just not sure how long it will take!

      July 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Mrs FF

    I was going to say the day thing about organized races- no iPods etc which means no music but yes I hear you with the right music combo you can run longer! Currently I’m listening to still into you by Paramore – perfect for walking and I just put it on repeat

    Good luck with you first 10km I’m sure you’ll do very well. Focus on the end result – finishing and I’m certain you will do it in good time.

    July 26, 2014 at 4:49 am
  • Reply Bo

    Because I mostly run on my own out on the roads, no headphones for me. I think it’s safer and I make a point of listening to the birds, kids playing, lawnmowers etc. I also shout out a big hello to the security guards – kinda makes me think they’re looking out for me. However, I cannot* do without music on the treadmill at gym. And I chose real good doef doef stuff. More beats the better or else i get bored of a song. I’m guessing you’re doing the Old Ed’s 10km? Me too! See you there! and again, well done on your progress! It’s great!

    July 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Laurianne

    I love me some Linkin Park (crawling, bleed it out, leave out all the rest, etc.), Bon Jovi (everything – the man is perfection :), Seether (Fake it, Careless Whisper), 30 Seconds to Mars (A Beautiful Lie – album), Nickelback (Savin’ Me, Rockstar, Never Gonna be alone) & Daughtry (full album is a must)… Happy running! Q: Do you use a watch that has both accelerometer and GPS? I’m so over running with my phone… it just feels so big these days… also feel a bit like gadget girl with phone, earphones, heart rate monitor and Polar watch… would love to cut down without needing the Nike+ sensor as I run in the Nike Free 3.0…

    August 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm
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