The Great South Run – training starts!

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Joining Team Claire, to Support Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation

I should start by saying I am not a runner. I am active, but in the 57-year-old, sitting at a desk most of the day, occasional game of tennis, infrequent bike ride, kind of way.

This year I wanted to challenge myself and what better way than to commit to doing the Great South Run. This is a 10-mile run in October and I will be supporting the great charity, Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF). Being able to join Team Claire, with the rather fabulous NSIF patron Claire Lomas, MBE sealed the deal.

I have started using the BBCs Couch to 5k app and I will be posting a weekly update. I hope other ‘non-runners’ might find the posts inspiring and consider doing the same (more Team Claire members welcome!), and hopefully help raise awareness and generate some sponsorship donations. If I am honest, at this stage the posts are also a good way of making sure I keep going, the more people I tell, the harder it will be to quit!

When your arms are not long enough to take a flattering selfie! (But I have my fab NSIF T-Shirt on…)

I am very fortunate to be able to leave my house, do my brisk 5-minute warm-up walk down the road, and be on the gorgeous South Downs.

My first run was not easy; I felt self-conscious, awkward, and out of breath.  One week later and I can feel small improvements in my running, and I no longer feel embarrassed running passed the dog walkers, I can even manage a quick, breathy ‘good morning’.

You can read more about the wonderful work NSIF do here.

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