Hove Parkrun on the prom. Image by EnKayTee on Flickr, licenced by Creative Commons
Four years ago I felt tremendous.
I had lost nearly five stone thanks to determination and a combination of Weight Watchers and Zumba three times a week.
Then I fell pregnant at 41, 13 years after being told it was unlikely I would conceive naturally due to PCOS.
I didn’t put on much weight during pregnancy.
As a type two diabetic (thanks PCOS), I had to watch what I ate to keep my blood sugars at the right level.
By the time my daughter was born my sugars were normal. I mean normal human being normal.
As time passed they crept up again but were still within the normal range.
While I was exclusively breastfeeding I could eat ANYTHING!
I felt hungry constantly. I still reached my WW 50lb target (should add I always work in metric so was weighed in kilos every week. Why do people still use Imperial when metric was introduced in the early 70s?), taking me down to a size 16.
When we weaned on to solids at six months I didn’t change my bad habits.
It’s all gone back on again and my blood sugars have gone up, not to what they were but back into type two levels. (Imagine weeping and grinding of teeth).
I had to do something so I’ve stopped eating dairy. This was no biggy in the end as it wasn’t agreeing with me, and pushed myself to take more exercise.
As I couldn’t afford £100 a month for Zumba classes three times a week(how I miss them). I decided to try out Parkrun.
My old friend Sue volunteers and takes part every week, sometimes with her daughter and grandsons, too.
I took to Facebook to ask my friends if anyone else did it and what they thought.
After a positive response I decided to go for it. After all it’s free.
It was freezing cold on Saturday morning when I dragged myself to Hove, seafront.
I had three layers including my coat. I must have looked odd with a coat and handbag.
The encouragement was tremendous. The runners lapping me cheered me on as I plodded on with the tail walker.
Even though I didn’t finish as my ankle and knee were hurting, I knew I’d done the right thing.
It wasn’t forced. It was friendly and welcoming. I didn’t feel like an out-of-place weirdo.
I will be back, I will go further and eventually faster.
In the meantime I’ll keep up with a daily constitutional.