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Run Ruebi Run

Alternative title: When I was younger I had this dream of running a marathon before I reached the age of 30 … It’s safe to say that didn’t happen considering I’m now 31 and I am still a marathon / half-marathon virgin. I get tired running up the stairs for crying out loud … Which is part of the reason I own a house with a downstairs crapper.

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with running … That said I think I’ve had a love-hate relationship with most forms of exercise. But for some reason I always end up returning to running, determined to be better, determined to break my own expectations of my bodies capabilities … Proving it is stronger than I give it credit for. Proving it is not going to vomit at the sight of running shoes (well, much … Maybe a bit of dry retching).

As I mentioned on Twitter I ran with my local Couch to 5K group recently and instead of face planting in the warm up (which is totally what I thought was going to happen) or kneeing myself in the face (which totally has happened – don’t ask me how, just accept I’m a clumsy arse) I actually managed to clock up 2.65 miles. I ran for 20 minutes, with a brief breather at the 17 minutes mark when I ended up with a stitch and thought I was dying. I even considered lying on the floor and crying about it but my trainer told me to yank up my big girl pants and quit whinging before she stuck her foot up my ass.

Now to some of you folks, 20 minutes doesn’t sound like an awful lot, but to me even getting up for a pee in the middle of the night is a dash too far so I’m taking that 20 (technically 17) minutes and rolling with it. I was tempted to retire with it as my personal best, I mean, I could very well have peaked and every run from now on will just be an utter crap fest in comparison but (I’ve been told) that’s not the way of the runner.

Apparently I need to find my running zen, remember to breathe, remember to keep hydrated and just go with the flow … And not trip over my own feet. The last one being the most difficult given that my feet are assassins in disguise, I swear they have minds of their own.

Anyway, I’ve agreed to give this running lark a fair dabble as I now own 3 pairs of running shoes that still live in their respective boxes and I can no longer justify walking around the Asics shop under the guise of ‘research’ … After all, there are only so many times you can wander around aimlessly in a fitness shop without thinking that you need to get serious about it or stop nosying!

So yeah, maybe, just maybe, I’ll kick marathon butt before I reach 40. Definitely (maybe) by 50 … ok so 60 at the most.



This is my kitty step-daughter Millie Mischief reenacting the moment she found out I’d legged it for 20 minutes … If you want to follow my adventures away from here (running or otherwise) you can on my Insta! Drop by and say hi lovelies!


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  1. What I really want to know is how did you get that kitty to let you put a leash on it?

    • Ruebi

      She’s a little bit … Daft. So didn’t realise what the harness was until she was wearing it and by then we’d let her out into the garden *phew* I expected to have my arms ripped to shreds!

  2. Wish I could help, but I have the same problem. I’ve done Couch to 5K twice, then fallen by the wayside again. I did intend to do it again this year, but I’m blaming the weather for putting me off. Good luck!!


    • Ruebi

      I love the idea of running … I really do! But I am absolutely terrible as a runner (I have the “carry on without me, I’ll just lie on the ground face first and only slow you down” attitude), still searching for my running zen it seems. Bravo for doing the Couch to 5k twice, totally means that you can do it this year too! 😀

  3. Good effort! I did a 5K a few years ago for charity and to me that was akin to a marathon. I did it in 31 minutes though which I thought was pretty speedy (apparently its not, but oh well) #pocolo

  4. Ben

    I’m looking at a 5k this coming fall. Finally gotten my wife to do a couch to 5k and now she loves running. Hates it when she goes a few days without running. Keep it up and you will get there!

    • Ruebi

      Thank you Ben! Think I’m still at the love-hate stage with running … Hopefully it’ll just click, then I’ll be out there all the time!

    • Ruebi

      Looks can be deceiving … Nah, she is a cutie. Sometimes a little mischievous.

  5. Cute kitty – and well done on the twenty minutes running, not sure I could. And good luck looking for that running zen… Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo

  6. Kim

    20 minutes is amazing! Yay for you! Keep it up, maybe next time you’ll make 22 and so on and so on.
    Progress is progress!

    • Ruebi

      Exactly … Progress is progress 🙂

      Any improvement shows a step in the right direction and one day 20 minutes will seem like nothing!

  7. Brilliant! I love your alternative title! I can’t run anymore but I tried the c25k and managed to get to 3 miles non stop. I was amazed as I too feel like dying before, during and most defiantly after most exercise. Keep going, you can do it and if not, you’ll get a boot up the arse no doubt.
    Thank you for joining the #weekendblogshare. I’m so sorry that it’s taken me so long to read and comment! Hannah

    • Ruebi

      I’m sure there’s a queue of people waiting to kick me up the butt this week (I haven’t been running yet – I have been hiking up big hills though!). I am so not good when it comes to exercising, I’m definitely a “couch, blanket, crap TV” type of person but I’m sure once I get the habit of running it’ll be awesome. Years and years ago I managed a 10k run for charity but after that I kinda just stopped running … Which means I am back to square one.

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