Ever since I was at school I’ve hated the idea of any sort of exercise, the thought of making yourself look silly in front of all those other people is most probably the worst thing you can experience as a teenager, and well… it just scared me a little.
Of course now I’m an adult I’ve gotten over those fears to a certain extent, because everyone else isn’t watching you sweat like a pig and turn as red as a ripe tomato, they’re concentrating on how awful they think they look.
I’ve learnt that you can’t just eat what you want forever and not pay the price somewhere down the line, and whilst I’m not a big girl I’m what you’d call curvy, and being a woman I’m obviously not satisfied with any part of my body, but how do you get rid of the extra weight?
I’m not going to preach at anyone who is reading this, but good old fashioned healthy eating and exercise is definitely a winning combination in fighting fat.
So a few months ago I embarked on my own mission to try out new exercises and classes that I might even enjoy, as well as getting fit.
I advertised on a local Facebook group for someone else who is starting out on their fitness journey, and someone who wouldn’t mind a blind person tagging along with them, and you wouldn’t believe the amount of positive responses I had from other women who were more than willing to learn how to guide run, and take this clumsy jane with them.
So the first day of running began, it was a cold and wet March morning, and I found myself hanging on to the arm of someone I’d only just met five minutes before. It was slow going, and there were definitely a few rest breaks, but I’d done it. I actually went outside and ran round the local area for a decent amount of time, and I impressed even myself.
A few months on and I’m almost up to 5K, and whilst this isn’t a jaw dropping distance I’m out there doing something I was convinced I wouldn’t like, let alone enjoy, but there is something kind of exhilarating about running at speed and feeling the wind rushing past you.
So while I’m not able to get out there every single week to run, I’ve found something new and interesting that I’m able to do, and hey the old adage ‘If you never try, you’ll never know’ is definitely true.
I’ll keep posting about my fitness journey as a blind person, and all of the new classes I’m trying out.
For tips and advice on how to guide run with a visually impaired person visit, http://www.blindrunner.com/guidingtips.html.