The #WhatARunnerLooksLike Wednesday series features everyday women runners and their real thoughts on running, their accomplishments, struggles and bodies. We created this series as a way to help ordinary women runners tell their extraordinary stories. We have been inspired by the stories of other women runners and received much strength to know that we are not alone in our struggles. Some interviews are silly, some are long, some are short, and some are profound. We hope you enjoy, and if you’re interested in sharing your #WhatARunnerLooksLike story with us or know someone in your running circles that has an inspiring story to share, simply use this online form to submit your story.
This week’s #WhatARunnerLooksLike Wednesday feature is Lorna.
Women’s Running Community (WRC): What Made You Take Up Running?
Lorna (L): I’d finally lost enough weight to be able to run. I’ve always admired runners and been envious so I set myself the challenge of running a race for life 5k. I’d walked them previously but wanted to now run one…
WRC: What Do You Love About Your Body?
L: I love how my body has changed and flourished after losing 8 1/2 stone (119 lbs). I’m now the fittest I’ve ever been and although I still have a bit to lose its done wonders and I’m now starting to love my legs!! Previously always been the worst part of me!!
WRC: How Has Running Helped You Appreciate Your Body?
L: I could never run down the street before. I’m now running 5 miles and have entered a half marathon for October. Running really gives me a buzz and makes me feel good about myself. I’m amazed my body has put up with so much but can still get me over the finish line!!
WRC: How Has Running Helped You Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and/or
Generally In Your Life?
L: Physically it is slimming me down still and I have noticed great improvements in how my legs look. Mentally and emotionally it is a great way to relieve stress and feel good about myself. I don’t think I’ll ever be a ‘natural runner ‘ but I keep wanting to go out and do the distance because I’m so proud of how far I’ve come
WRC: What Do You Think About When You’re Running?
L: Anything and everything from how fast I’m going to how far I’ve run to what I’m having for tea and what I’ll wear on my next night out to whether my pants show through my running tights to wether my legs are going to give way haha.
WRC: What Do You Love Most About Running?
L: That I get to buy new trainers! 🙂 no, seriously I love how physically fit it makes me feel compared to how I felt a few years ago having to walk the 5k. I’ve come such a long way and although I wasn’t running at the start of my weight loss, I’ll definitely keep running to finish my weight loss journey and beyond.
WRC: What’s Your Favorite Part Of Being A Runner?
L: Just the fact that I can do it. I might not be running a fast pace but the fact I can go the distance makes me really proud of myself.
WRC: Do You Engage In Other Sports or Activities? If So, What And How Often?
L: I like to ride my bike and swim. I love to walk too and explore new places.
WRC: How Do You Stay Motivated When You Don’t Want To Run?
L: I join in various events and virtual races so I have a reward for my runs that I can add to my medal board. I always make sure I have a mini goal to work towards such as a 10k or the half marathon.
WRC: Most Memorable Race Or Running Accomplishment?
L: I’ve only completed a 5k and a 5 mile so far but I’m really looking forward to an 8 mile, 10k, 10 mile, 50k in 1 month and my half marathon events that are lined up. I think the half marathon will be my most proud and memorable achievement as I didn’t ever think I would dare to enter such a big event
WRC: What Is Your Best Tip Or Advice For A Newbie Runner?
L: Just start slow and build up gradually. Perhaps use the C25K app. Don’t compare yourself to others as there are always people who will be faster than you but also slower than you.
WRC: What’s Your Favorite Affirmation?
D: She believed she could, so she did!