Experiencing pain with arthritis, the only thing I could run was a bath! That was this time last year until a work colleague my age (nearly 50) convinced me I could learn to run same as he did on a couch to 5k programme in Banbridge.
I thought I'd never be able to do it.
I registered with jog Belfast and I knew I achieved something the first time I managed a full lap of the girls model school running track.
I persevered and graduated from couch to 5k with a 5k park run at the Waterworks. I thought I was nuts, 9.30 on a Saturday morning in the snow.
I stuck at it and progressed to running 10k round the streets of Belfast on St Patrick's day. This was such an experience!
Then I really got the bug and still pinch myself, I competed in the Belfast marathon. This was me, who a few months earlier could only do walk a minute, run a minute.
I now run at least 5 miles 3 times per week. I love the social aspect of running. I've met great friends. I'm fitter and healthier and best of all it costs nothing. I chuckle to myself when I tell people I'm now training for a half marathon, yes me who was old, overweight and unfit this time last year plan to do 13 miles non-stop.