I used to run. I used to run a lot and when I stopped it was something I missed. With two marathon medals hanging in the kitchen, I always wanted to run a half marathon but twice I failed to get to the start due to injury in the last month of training. Frustrating.
All that was about eight years ago and I finally gave up the running and started playing tennis. A lot more sociable and because I was so fit from running, I had a lot of fun playing in local tournaments.
Then last week arrived and whilst having dinner with friends a fellow guest, who hunts with my husband, started describing his latest half marathon. I was astonished that my husband had never mentioned that Jacques runs but then I saw Max's face and realized it was not something he knew about either. Not surprising as Max breaks out in a rash at the mere mention of running.
Jacques clearly saw the longing on my face and so he lay down the challenge. Spring 2014. A half marathon in the Vendée. How about it? A quick calculation in my part and I worked out that if I started NOW I would be able to train for a very slow half marathon in the spring. Actually, I don't mind if I have to walk it; I just want to start - and hopefully finish!
So I have started. Tipsy (our bearded collie) thought she'd died and gone to heaven when she realized what was going on. I am starting slowly and using my old friend "Couch potato to 5k" to get started.
I'm not as unfit as I was when I started all those years ago so I am starting with week three. I will let you know how I get on.