Radical because in all my 35 years I had never thought myself capable of running. Even as a child I was the one picked last for teams in sport, my lack of coordination evident even at that time.
So I slowly worked my way up to running 4.5kms and was patiently awaiting my medal (which surely must have been lost in the post). Then we sold our house. We packed and cleaned and sorted, and then we moved to the country. And in the busyness of it all I had no time to run, and then I injured my already dodgy back in the move.
It is nearly three months since we settled here, and despite my best excuses I cannot make them any more. My back is not perfect, I still have pain often, but it is as good as it ever gets. My bigs are settled at school. My littles are attending daycare two days a week. We have routine again and it is time to
Here's the thing about running. I do not love it while I am doing it, but I DO love how I feel when I'm done. I need the exercise and I deserve to put myself first a little bit too. More than that, my kids deserve a Mum who can keep up with them.
This week I have re-started the C25K yet again at week 3. This time I have a plan.
Rather than beat myself up if I miss a session, I will stick to the program and run the three days each week. If I want to do extra in between I can, but I will not be beholden to it like I was when I was doing 12WBT. That is the path to guilt and failure for me, which is daft when I am doing this for myself.
I will complete the program, and I WILL run 5kms by the time Spring is establishing itself and the days are getting warmer.
By then I should be able to leave the house without freezing to death (I am looking forward to that!) and my plan is that after daycare drop on those two days, I will head to the lake and run around it. It is a 6km run, and I have never run outdoors before. It seems like a bit of a pipe dream to be honest, but then I'd have said that about running at all at the start of this year.
Every year I think I'd love to be fit and looking my best by Summer. Every year I sloth through Winter and do nothing to help that happen. I turn 36 in a few months. If I don't do this now, I never will.
So there you have it. I am going to do it. If anyone else would like to set some goals and share them here, on Facebook or Twitter I would LOVE to hear it. I have a cunning plan coming together that I will share in the next week, to help inspire us to get moving... Stay tuned!
Are you gonna be the best version of yourself come Summer? How are you going to get there? Walking? Running? Gym?
Are you in?