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This is my story for running the Yorkshire Marathon :) Hope you enjoy reading it, thanks Sharon x
I started running after losing 3 1/2 stone hitting target with slimming world. Had money to join the gym then and my sister in law shared a link for a 5k mud run in Carlisle in May 2015. I asked if she was running it and she asked if i wanted to join her? That was it, gauntlet down and challenge accepted! Upto this point I had been in the gym only, using the treadmill and weight machines to improve my poor level of fitness. With this mud run I was going to actually have to get outside for a start, to run but also make sure my overall fitness level could get me through the running, mud, water, fire, heights and climbing over/ under and through things 😂👏
Anyway I totally enjoyed this and from then on I started to go out more running and switched to gym classes (body pump, cx, combat and balance). I also included swimming once a week for a good low impact activity. The running increased gradually over time, gym classes reduced to once a week (but 3 of them), swimming once a week and still maintaining my weight with slimming world. I have definitely caught the running bug! 2015 was my first year of running and I have gone from being unable to run further than 100 yards without being out of
breath to getting round 15 miles while talking with my running buddies. Having met Vix through SW and at the gym I have seen how much she enjoys her activities and battles through her MS barriers. It was watching her do this while still smiling that it struck me that my already booked first marathon should be done with her in mind - everything that she battles through daily should be my inspiration to get me through my first ever 26.2 miles. My original plan had been to attempt a marathon before my 45th birthday (2017) to prove to myself that I could do it - so I shall be completing it to prove to me that I can and for Vix to show her how much of an inspiration she truly is.
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