Monday, July 27, 2009

From running scared to running for fun in six weeks

There are two weeks to go until the City2Surf fun run, and I can't believe it's come up so fast.

My fundraising tally has reached $200 so far, money that will go to Caritas aid and development projects here or overseas.

I used be positively afraid of running. What was I afraid of? Plenty. Being tired, hurting, and looking silly for starters.

What made it possible for me to contemplate running was finding this gentle, easy eight-week training program for people with no running experience:

And using these five stretches after each session:

Well, now I've done it. But I honestly don't know if I'll continue jogging every day after the City2Surf is over.

I'm glad to be a part of a great community event, and especially grateful for the opportunity to help raise money for Caritas Australia. I'm glad I've fulfilled a little dream - which was to run, not walk, in the City2Surf.

But I don't think running is really my 'thing', if you know what I mean.

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  1. It starts with small steps to reach a final destination. Go for it. I will be praying for wings attached to your feet.

  2. Hi Marilyn,
    Great effort! Thanks for your support of Caritas Australia. Can I post a link to your blog from our Caritas Australia blog to highlight what one of our supporters is doing in the community? Please shoot me an email if I can add this.


  3. Thanks for your messages of support.

    Emster, yes of course you may link from the Caritas blog. I meant to contact Caritas myself to let them know what I was doing, but I've been quite busy - slipped my mind.

  4. Hi Marilyn,

    Found your blog through Blog Chicks. Thanks for the inspiriational links re running...just what I need at the moment as I'm feeling a little slothful and spending way too much time at the computer..for both work and pleasure.

    I like your blog and your nice gentle reminders about simple living.


  5. Thanks Colleen, I'm glad you like my blog. I'm glad a found a place I could get a fresh dose of poetry now and again!

    I need to get back into the jogging myself - it actually started to feel really good. But since the City to Surf I've slacked off again.


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