Often when people meet me and they hear me talk about running, they think that I have always been a runner. I love running for so many reasons but trust me, it hasn’t always been easy. Admittedly, I’ve always been athletic and active, but I used to run the 100m and 200m track races, I’m half Jamaican, sprinting is is my blood!
The first time I ever went out for a road run, was about nine months after Jude was born. I was wearing a pair of old trainers, my shorts didn’t have a pocket so I was carrying my iPhone in my hand, and I got an agonising stitch about three minutes in. My run turned to a jog and I managed to get through about a a mile and a half. I walked in through the front door and I felt defeated, I thought that maybe running wasn’t for me. I remember at that time, I was on maternity leave and I wanted to get into running because it was free and I could fit it in around Jude’s naps. I’d heard people talk so passionately about running. How amazing it felt to be outside, running in the fresh air and so on. I felt frustrated and a little bit miffed that my first run was so terrible. So, I decided I’d give running another go.
6 years and hundreds of miles later, I can now say that I am a runner and I TOTALLY get it! Running has become a part of my life, it’s taken me around the world, introduced me to new people and has helped me to overcome some really challenging times. Everyday, I see the positive impact that running has for so many women. Running is truly life changing!
If you want to give running a go, here are a few tips that I hope will help you to run that first mile…
Give it a go and trust me, it will get easier! If you any questions about getting started, leave a comment below or connect with me on Instagram @adrienne_ldn Happy running!