Running lets me catch my breath

Last updated 05:00 01/02/2014

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I started running when I was in high school, only really because my PE teacher wanted me on the cross country team.

I guess I was built like a runner and that seemed to automatically qualify me. So that's where it all began for me.

I started slowly, very slowly, going for 3km runs at that stage and over the years it has built up to 5km, 7km, 10km and now aprox 11-12km runs per day.

I'm a pretty self motivated person anyway, but once I made running part of my daily routine it became easy to get out for a run and I would feel lazy if I didn't.

It helps that I love being outside in nature.

I'm definitely not a fitness freak, I don't think. I don't like gyms, but would rather get outside for a run, rather than run on a treadmill or play sports as my exercise.

I often run with work colleagues who push me, by taking me on more challenging runs, including hills lots of hills and help me pick up my pace and keep that pace.

I tend to be a very cranky person if I don't get out for a run on the daily, as my work colleagues will attest to.

I love being able to have an outlet when I have a tough day at work, to get out at lunch time, put on my favourite jams and just run, admire my surroundings and take some time out.

It's how I meditate, take time to ponder and relax, all while trying to catch my breath.

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