Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2019!
Is another year really done and dusted? It feels like it has flown by! I didn’t actually think I had written too many poems but then I looked back and I have actually written quite a few. I lost count exactly. My husband wrote a blog post the other night saying how many songs he had performed this year and how many new venues etc (He’s a singer and musician – Dansolomusic Check out his page). It made me think that I should keep more of a record of how many poems I’m writing each year. I share more or less all of them on my facebook page and my instagram straight away but this year I’m going to make more of an effort to keep count.
The poem I want to share with you today is one about my running. Yes I can run now! That’s the news this year. Remember that pledge I made last May? Well I’ve finally managed to make good use of those running shoes! I had been doing Just Dance at home for my exercise regime and I needed to step it up to the next level. Hubby suggested running. I was sceptical, saying that I couldn’t run and I wasn’t built for it. I remember going for a run with him and it was ok but I just got puffed out so quickly and I really wanted to be able to run for longer and a good friend of mine assured me that if I kept it up, one day I’d be able to do so. Still feeling sceptical, I downloaded the Couch to 5k app on her recommendation and decided to follow it. And something magical happened. That’s where this poem comes in to tell the story. Think of it as the follow up to The Pledge.
Couch to 5K
There was once an app called Couch to 5k
That chased my fear of running away
Step by step it showed me how
Not to be a lazy cow
I started by running for just one minute
I thought this is ok, there’s not much to it
Then the durations got a bit longer
And bit by bit I began to get stronger
The stamina built and an addiction began
Even on holiday abroad I ran
Although it was mainly the holiday food
There’s nothing like scenery get you in the mood
Motivation was high as I ran across the beach
It seemed that new targets I could now reach
Then the short bursts stopped and long distances beckoned
I knew I could do it, It would be ok, I reckoned
And do it, I did! pacing myself was the key
That helped me achieve more than I”d thought in week three
Then at last the end was near
Gone by now was the doubt and fear
I could now do long distances without puffing and panting
“Running is too hard “ I remembered ranting.
Although it’s not always “A walk in the park”
I’m getting used to this running lark
A good run can take your stresses away
It’s a great way to start a brand new day
So this journey has just begun
And I’m so proud to say that I can now run
So that’s what happened. Running happened. I found I could run and I could enjoy it and I did more and more without getting out of breath. Whatsmore, back in the day I had visions of letting my mind wander whilst out on a run but when it came to it, I just couldn’t think straight while I was running. Now things are easy. I use music to motivate me but I can also let my mind wander and my lungs don’t feel like they’ve really got to concentrate on breathing. I can do that! It has just all fallen into place and I couldn’t be happier.
My message is that if you have something you want to do but don’t think you can do it, YOU CAN! If you have the determination and drive, it’s amazing what you can achieve. I will close by showing you my poem as an image. I took the photo myself on one of my runs.
Happy New Year and keep on believing.