Lauren has completed the 6th week of her 9 week Couch to 5k running challenge and this week she’s taking it all in her stride.
I felt a change this week. No longer am I struggling for breath or am self-conscious about the pace I’m running at – I’m starting to see and feel a difference. Not only in my stamina and physical appearance but also in my mental health and well-being.
If you know me at all, you will know that I struggle with social anxiety and self-confidence, to the point that I might be prevented from trying something new due to fear of failure. This fear has lingered over me like a dark cloud for a long time now and is sometimes fuelled by my constant need to excessively plan everything in my life – something that others tease me for but I feel is a genuine condition that I battle with every day.
But, since I’ve started Couch to 5k, I’ve noticed a real change in myself. I feel more relaxed, I say ‘Yes!’ more and I’m really not as road ragey as I used to be when I’m driving. Social events also don’t seem to be as daunting now, I’ll be on my way to the pub thinking ‘yes, I’ve got this’ instead of ‘oh my goodness how am I going to sit with these people who I haven’t seen for years and what on earth am I going to talk about’. I no longer fear that I’ll fail at completing this challenge because I know that I will see it to the end!
Definitely, 100%, there’s a positive change in me – just ask anyone who talks to me every day. It really is true: exercise benefits, improves and fuels a healthy mind, body and soul.
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