It’s a long road…
Every Journey starts with the first step.
My philosophy was that if I register for an event then I am committed to continue with my training, I was determined to be FAST at 50.
A Grand Day Out
The Great North Run would be my first official half marathon event, not to mention a good training run for the full 26.2 London marathon, scheduled for April the following year. I had not run this distance for over 30 years. When the day came I was simply overcome with the excitement of the occasion, it was truly a grand day out.
I was swept along with the euphoria of this magical event. I’d travelled to Durham the day before and stayed in the halls of residence at one of the cities universities’ as part of a travel and accommodation package I had booked. That evening I met with many people who had not done this event before, it’s fair to say we were all a little anxious. Like many who have sat there on Sunday morning watching the event unfold each year from the comfort of our living rooms, thinking to ourselves one day I’m going to do that, well I was finally there. Listening to the stories of inspiration first hand as we asked each other why are we doing this? Although I was effectively running to raise money for Breast Cancer, truth be known I was actually running for myself. I had silently suffered with depression for a number of years, something I later documented in my book published in November 2015 titled “The Best Loser“.
Physical exercise was something I used to suppress the dark thoughts inside my head, it’s well documented that regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression. While sat at that table the night before the run I didn’t reveal the real reason I was running. I think I said it was just something I always wanted to do but never really had the chance before. Although I told myself that I was doing this for my mum and my stepsister who had died earlier that year from breast cancer aged just 53, deep down I was doing this for me. So when I crossed the line at an official time of 2 hrs 10 min, I was without doubt pleased with myself, I was proud to be running and raising money for such a worthy cause. Nethertheless I did feel good about myself. A month later I received my distinctive red coloured Virgin London Marathon Magazine, with the word CONGRATULATIONS on the front cover. I had my place on the start line of the 2010 Virgin London Marathon.
On the 18th of January 2010 I’d reached my half century, I was indeed Fit and Still Training at 50 (FAST@50)