|Tuesday evening group|
We don’t often do this at Walk2Run, but every now and then it’s good to know where you are so you can see how far you’ve come.
So this morning’s Walk2Runners completed a challenge, a 5k road run. For some, this was a first attempt, a time to have a go and see if they could go the distance either by walking it, running it, or a mixture of both. For others it was a chance to beat a previous time. The group was mixed, men and women aged between their 20’s and 70’s, all supporting each other and cheering each other on.
They aced it of course, and I loved watching each one of them finish with a final sprint. There’s no limping across the line at Walk2Run! You will learn that no matter how tired you are, you can always finish strong, there is always more in you. A life lesson there.
I know how I felt watching them finish, but how about the Walk2Runners themselves?
“I’m so proud of myself, I can’t believe I’ve done it! Awesome, absolutely amazing” – first time running 5k
“If I hadn’t recovered down the hill I would have got an even better time…” (it's good to have something to come back for, next time work hard down the hill, and recover AFTER the 5k 😉 ) – this Walk2Runner used to walk much of the time, but now runs the whole distance, and quickly
“I had coach’s word in my head, ‘run tall’, ‘lift your legs high from your hip’, ‘use your arms’” – knocked 5 whole minutes off her time. 17 seconds faster to reach your new goal.
And my own personal favourite…
“I feel like my eyes are brighter, like everything is clearer” – a gentle young man with a mental health condition who’s learning to run (and is proper quick!)
Many of us, though by no means all, at Walk2Run have mental health conditions. I think that’s why this last one, and who it came from, really touched me. Running is good for your body but also for clearing your head and feeling brighter.
If ever there was a reason to get up and learn to Walk2Run, this is it.
Come and run with us, it might just change your life.