I’ve struggled with asthma since I was a child, and never particularly enjoyed huffing and puffing my way round the school field during cross country.
Like many people, my running journey began by following the Couch to 5k programme, culminating in a Race for Life event back in 2012. I was so proud to run it all, no matter how slowly and couldn’t wait to move onto the next challenge!
In 2013, I took on my first 10k, and a year later, my first half marathon. My progress might have been slow, but for someone who initially could barely run to the end of the road without wheezing, I was amazed by what I had achieved.
Since then I have added three more half marathons, a handful of 10ks, a couple of trail races, a duathlon, a few cycling events, and am now looking for new outdoor challenges!
I know I’m never going to be particularly speedy or set any records, but running for me is about more than that – it shows me what I’m capable of, it’s my headspace and therapy, it gives me the chance to explore new places, and spend time with people who share my passion.
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