On returning from holiday sat in a pub talking to friends about our family holiday I turned to my phone to show the holiday snaps whilst flicking through the photos I came across one in particular that stopped me in my tracks I saw for the first time how big I was.
I was overweight and very unhealthy I believe I was a cardiac arrest waiting to happen.
I knew I had to change but how? I smoked between 10-15 cigars a day binge drunk on a weekend and sometimes in the week and was two to three stone overweight.
I decided there and then I was going to run a half marathon the following year & set my sights on the Cardiff half marathon in October 2015.
I went home from the pub and the following day I signed up for the Cardiff half marathon and then after Christmas and the new year went about buying some running bottoms trainers running t-shirts things I’ve never owned and just went light running around where I live. I went out day after day each day getting a little further realising my goal was a half marathon I never entered a race since school age I decided to look to see if there was an opportunity to do running anywhere else so I entered the Cardiff Bay 5 miler I completed this and then to set my sights on a Cardiff 10K the month before the half marathon.
In late July whilst training for the Cardiff 10K I heard about Cardiff parkrun to which I quickly jumped upon doing I’ve now today completed 21 park runs and I volunteered on occasions to. In May of 2015 I gave up smoking also gave up binge drinking and enjoy Running 2 to 3 times a week more if I can I run on holidays which is fantastic.
In my first year of running I did Cardiff Bay 5 miler Cardiff 10K Cardiff half marathon mo 5K run also did the Dragon 10K completed in the Cardiff world half marathon championships did St David’s Day 10K Caerphilly 10K and more recently Swansea half marathon. My next race this year is Cardiff 10K and then again the Cardiff half marathon park runs help with training it’s also good to feel healthy fitter so I can see more years of my children and grandson grow up running really changes lives and has changed mine.
My first 5k I completed in 52 minutes 12 months on I have a PB of 27.30 I also had a PB for half marathon of 2 hours 24 minutes 54 seconds achieved at the Cardiff world half marathon championships earlier this year.
I have also entered the ballot for the London Marathon next year fingers crossed