Musings on running from two different perspectives Cath Running is in my blood. Sure, there were days when I wasn’t so keen. Those were usually Sunday mornings when my Dad woke me up to get ready for competitive cross-country races. I can still remember the nerves and dread as I pulled on my Royal Blue games knickers (eek) and picked up my spikes bag. While I often resented those cross-country races, they lay the foundations for an active adulthood. Steve Running is not in my blood. Cath Following a hiatus during my teens, I returned to running with great enthusiasm.
I have always been active. In childhood, there were muddy cross-country races and long summer bike rides. Later came Jazzercise and Boxercise, which were fun and cheesy 1980’s creations. Throughout mid-adulthood, running brought me hours of pleasure whilst boosting my mood and confidence. I also had active occupations until a few years ago when I became a mental health researcher. My job is fascinating, but I am increasingly aware of a large downside. I am sitting for excessive periods of time, which I can’t counteract by the odd run or body combat class. And, I am not alone. A Government
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