I started running with CDF Runners on February 1st 2016. I knew the group from a friend of mine who is a fast runner. I used to play basketball in the past and since I came Cardiff in 2013, I have started my Masters studies and I have not done any kind of exercise. I gained weight, felt depressed and I think that was a sign of homesickness as lots of students experience when they study abroad.
Anyway, after 3 years of not doing sports, I decided to join the CDF group Couch to 5k. My goal in the beginning was just to lose weight and be healthy, but with time I have seen many of the runners at the group the same age or older. I felt more motivated and I said to myself I can be a runner too! The atmosphere was very motivating, the coaches very supportive as they took my hand from 90 sec run to more than 40 min run without stopping.
Within the group there were runners from all abilities, all ages and I saw them running three times a week and they improved. I really felt motivated to come to every session. When I look back 2 months ago, I couldn’t run more than 90 seconds and now I managed to finish 5k in 38:36.
I’m so proud of myself! Now I’m looking forward to doing the half marathon in October. It’s a massive goal but, why not?
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Finally, I’m very thankful for everyone in CDF Runners who inspired me to be a runner by listening to their stories and by supporting me all the way through.