I love the start of a new 12 week beginners’ running course. Watching those who start out believing that running is such a hard thing to do – but suddenly realize, after a few sessions, that actually it doesn’t have to be.
But I appreciate that actually choosing to join a group and then getting out there for the first session can be very scary. Lycra clad beanpoles spring to mind and the predictable gremilin-like self-doubt follows. This is usually alongside body image anxieties. How many times have I heard someone say to me ‘I am so slow – I will be at the back’ or ‘I’m the wrong shape to run’…Nobody is slow or the wrong shape. And anyway I always tell my beginners to start off ‘silly slow’. Whatever your shape or size your body needs time to adapt. And I promise you it will.
So today as over two thousand people lined up to run our local 5k charity Santa Fun Run, it was just wonderful to see those once doubtful beginners run the distance. And do it with style. Albeit dressed in a Santa suit.
Running is an amazing sport. It is accessible to all. Old and young. Fit and not so fit. Big and small. It can provide freedom and a sense of self. Friendships are forged. It’s fun and funny too. We laugh a lot and moan a lot. But most of all it’s life-enhancing.
Research has shown that running improves memory, slows the ageing process, protects against certain diseases, can relieve stress and depression and is just generally a great thing to do for mind, body and spirit! Give it a go and see!
Our next 12wk beginners’ running sessions here in Marlow, Bucks. start on January 13th – you can find out about all the groups we hold and our beginners’ sessions here: Harri’s Running Team