4 years ago I watched the London Marathon and decided that I was unfit and needed to do something about it. I drank and smoked and jokingly described myself as ‘allergic to exercise’. So I bought the trainers and consulted websites and the journey from unfit couch potato to runner began. I was very unfit and the first weeks were hard. At that point I had no intention of running a marathon and if you had told me that I would I probably would have stopped running then and there thinking that this was an unachievable goal for me. But a friend of mine was turning 50 (on the day of the London Marathon!) who was a runner and wanted a running buddy and yep you guessed it I signed up. I had to break the training schedule down as looking at runnning 26.2 miles just seemed WAY to big a challenge for me to get my head round, so I entered a 5k fundraising race first, then a 10k fundraiser, then a half marathon increasing the challenge bit by bit. On the actual day of the marathon the thought that kept me going during that long run was ‘just keep putting one foot in front of the other’ and that’s what I did.
My journey from nicotine addict to non-smoker and dependent drinker to sober has been the same and taken considerably longer time! Smoking has taken me 15 years of attempts and drinking has taken me 10 years. That’s the thing about all changes really they start with a single step and at that time we probably have no intention of ending up where we do but we just keep putting one foot in front of the other, ten minutes without a drink becomes one hour, becomes one evening, becomes one week, becomes one month and for me has now become 10 weeks 🙂