My name is Suzie and I hate running. Yes, I said it. I despise it. I mean does anyone actually enjoy running?
All that happens to me is my face goes bright red, my hair gets REALLY sweaty and I majorly struggle to breathe. Think Pheobe in Central Park. Not a good look.
I’m actually not a lazy person. I go to the gym about 3-4 times per week at the moment, however the treadmill is something I generally avoid. I find that I burn way more calories on the cross trainer or the ‘stepmill’ and enjoy the control I have when I use them.
When I’m on a treadmill I get bored very quickly. I can’t help but focus on the timer. I start to wish my life away. Thoughts creep into my head like, “I can’t breathe” and “10 more seconds then I’m done”. I also feel super self conscious. Let’s face it the sports bra situation is a big issue, making the struggle 10 times worse.
But no matter how much I hate it, this year I have been set the challenge of running the Baker Hughes 10k with Sport Aberdeen. Not only is the task physically good for me… it’s character building.
I’m pushing myself to face the treadmill every time I go to the gym. After just one session with Ally Barron – who works for Sport Aberdeen as a Health & Wellness Advisor – I’ve gradually set myself mini targets. I run for a minute, walk for a minute, run for a minute then walk for a minute and so on…this morning I ran for TWO whole minutes each time!
It might sound rubbish but it’s a start. I just hope it works.
There are 62 days left until the big event and I will be sharing my progress with you here. I hope it gets easier. Will it get easier? Will my calves stop hurting? Will I be able to actually run without thinking I’m going to pass out?
The annual Baker Hughes 10k takes place on Sunday 15th May. There’s still time to sign up here.
You can hear how the rest of the Northsound team and I are getting on by listening to Micky In The Morning between 6-10am.