I tried a few years back to get back to my old level of fitness by joining Walton Athletics Club but I was far too out of condition to keep up with the training of the sprinters or the long distance runners. I also didn’t understand my Fibromyalgia at all and didn’t realise that chronic fatigue was a big symptom of my condition. I was shocked to find myself utterly exhausted 2 or 3 days after a training session and unable to face another one!
Aged 31 I had managed to go from smoking 60 cigarettes a day and not having done any exercise or sport in 7 years to train myself to be able to run a distance of 7 miles in just over an hour. I was gutted then just a few years later to find myself so utterly unable to get my fitness back at all. This experience so demotivated me that I have been becoming less and less fit over the years since then, in fear of over exhausting myself again.
During this time I did do some yoga for over a year which I found excellent for combating a lot of the pain I was experiencing, but again the sessions utterly exhausted me, but I so loved the lack of pain I used to make yoga the central activity of the day and sleep afterwards if necessary.
Unfortunately I couldn’t stay off work forever and I just couldn’t manage yoga and work, so I stopped exercising once again. Just recently I saw an article about a running group supported by Sally Gunnell and sponsored by Run England aimed particularly at complete beginners which is what I really feel I am now!
I tried doing a few runs with Charlotte but only managed 2.25 miles, so my expectations of myself were not too high! I looked on the Internet for local Run England groups, but the nearest group was a club called Run4Mum. I sent them an email just to see if they would take me considering my ‘baby’ is now nearly 16 and not willing to join in the buggies’ run and I went along tonight for my first session.
They were really welcoming and I was impressed how many came along, especially considering the torrential rain we have experienced over the last 2 days! There were about 16 other women there, and they were all apart from one, fitter than me :(. Oh we’ll, onwards and upwards!
I had a great evening, a hard workout that utterly exhausted me, and I am looking forward to going again on Friday morning to see how I cope with the running as opposed to the circuit training!!