+It is never too late to start running.
I ran a little bit at school I was pretty slow, I hated cross-country day. I remember doing ok in a sprint race when I was about 15. But my passion was horse riding and for the next 25 years I never gave running a second thought unless it was absolutely necessary to head off stock in the paddock!
Two back operations later I was getting some personal training sessions as part of my rehab. I nearly fell off the treadmill when my trainer said – right Ginny you are going to run now… so I did, my lungs burnt and my legs went into complete and utter shock.
After I passed my PT exams I started walking with clients – this led to me walking half marathons with. I loved it… it gave me the opportunity to get outside and see New Zealand.
I continued to walk halves until - I couldn’t walk them any faster. Because I am a little competitive with myself I had to start jogging to beat my time.
So at 47 for the first time I became a runner, I ran many halves and then set myself the goal of running a full marathon before I turned 50. I ran Rotorua Marathon and was hooked. In 2010 I ran New York, then I did Rotorua a couple more times before doing Auckland Marathon and the Mountain to Surf in new Plymouth and Rotorua again.
I really want to have a go at some ultras but I have osteoporosis and have suffered 7 stress fractures during my Marathon years. I am currently recovering from a knee operation which may mean the end of the road for me. But we will see.
However, over the years I have trained hundreds of people and got them running many have run marathons and ultras and have received a whole new lease of life.
Running is a mind game it is brilliant for your soul and allows you to connect with yourself. It is brilliant medicine for depression, it builds bone density and despite the notion that it messes up your knee joints, many studies show that the reverse is true.
Running is empowering I have made many awesome friends and travelled widely during my years of running – I have many clients who have taken up running in thier 50’s and 60’s they now win their age groups and have discovered a whole new passion for life.
• Whatever your age start with walking to condition your joints before you even think of running.
• Get set up with good shoes that are right for you and socks.
• Build up really slowly.
• Run, walk, run.
• Don’t get too carried away and do too much too soon.
• Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a session or have a bad day.
• Run every second day to allow your joints, bones and soft tissue to recover.
• Next week I will give you a 5km program so start walking now!