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Sam Smith

Sam Smith Runs

Fundraising for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

raised by 11 supporters
  • Event: Run Balmoral 2010, 25 Apr 2010

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

We support people in Scotland to rebuild their lives

Charity Registration No. SC018761


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 I’ve never really been much of a runner, I used every trick I could think of to avoid PE classes in school, especially when it was cross country running. When I started university I kind of flirted with the idea of running on and off but never made it past going out once or twice. It was just such a painful experience! Everything ached, my ankles, my knees, my shins, my lungs, my throat… I could barely make it to the end of the path let alone street!

Two years ago I started putting a bit more effort into it, pushed past the pain and made it a few weeks into a “couch to 5k” style program of walking for a minute/running for a minute for 20 minutes. After the first week I had progressed loads but still hadn’t really developed much interest in running other than the vague idea of wanting to lose weight, so I gave up. I started again last year when I was seeing the personal trainer, weights sessions would end with a 10 minute intervals session on the treadmill – it felt awful every time, but as soon as I was done it felt amazing! I really started to notice improvements and started to really enjoy it. But I moved gyms so could no longer use a PT and the running became more and more infrequent and I’ve never really managed to progress much further than the run for a minute/walk for a minute method.

It was after a few more runs with my boyfriend and one with a friend and both of them commented on my speed, I realised I was progressing, I was just going faster meaning I couldn’t mange a better distance. Now that I have been trying really hard to slow down I have managed to cover 5k a couple of times, though not quite at the running the full distance stage I am hopeful for the end of the month! I am running 3 times a week during my lunch break at work and will have to start adding in a longer run at the weekend with my boyfriend too.

Anyway – I really hope I can do this and if anyone would like to sponsor me to do this run I would greatly appreciate it!

Thank you so much to all the kind people who have donated so far – you're all wonderful!


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