I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. I prefer making resolutions in the springtime. The warmer weather and the longer evenings are far more condusive to doing new things and starting new projects…. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. However, this January I actually started something new.
For the past couple years our church has hosted the Kirklees 10K Challenge – a fun run for runners of all abilities – and at the beginning of 2013, three of my closest friends decided that they were going to begin training for the event which happens in May.
In previous years when the subject of entering the race had come up, my answer had always been a resounding NO. I’m a team games kind of person and running doesn’t interest me at all. But the thought of having such a great shared experience with my friends was too good to miss, so despite my misgivings I got involved.
4 months later and there are now 5 of us in training for the 10K Challenge. Between us we’ve got 9 children aged between 8 months and 6 years old. None of us were particularly fit when we started and getting out to train at times has proved difficult. So far between us all there have been 3 bouts of flu, 1 bout of vomiting and tonsillitis and one case of laryngitis. Furthermore, we live in West Yorkshire, so snow has also been an issue (40 inches of snow in March – I kid you not).
But we are all STILL running.
The 10K Challenge is only 3 weeks away and most of have managed to reach the 10K target. What seemed impossible 4 months ago is now very real. I’ll let you know how we do.
In the meantime, if you’re thinking of getting off the couch and getting fit, may I just encourage you to go for it? And in the words of a famous sports company. Just do it.