I used to hate running. At secondary school I found it exhausting to run around the sports field and I was always one of the last students to cross the finish line. Then, in 2012, my friend asked me if I would like to run a 10K event with him. My immediate reaction was, 'No way! I hate running'.
Over the weekend I thought about his question. I thought, 'Why do I hate running when I haven’t tried it since Year 7 in secondary school?' In the end I decided I should give running another try before I said I hated it. I told my friend I would like to enter the 10K event with him. He was pleased to hear that I would join him. He advised me to look on the internet for a running programme to help me learn how to run.
There were lots of running programmes on the internet. I chose a 14-week running programme that would teach me how to run for 30 minutes non-stop. The programme was very easy to follow, with precise instructions on what to do each week. I had to run three times a week for different lengths of time. Initially I ran for short periods of time and had long breaks in between. Then as the weeks went on I had to run for longer periods of time and the breaks in between got shorter.
I enjoyed following the running programme as I could see improvements in my running each week. I went from not being able to run for more than 30 seconds to running for over 30 minutes! My younger self would not have believed it. I went from hating running to loving running!
On the day of the 10K running event I was both excited and nervous. It was finally time to put my new skills into practice. My friends and family came to support me. It was lovely to have them there. With their support and my training I managed to finish the 10K in 72 minutes. It was tough but I felt very proud for having tried it.
From this experience I learnt it was a good idea to try something before saying I hated it! It turned out that I really enjoyed running. I went on to do another 10K, an 8K and a half marathon. To this day I still enjoy running even if I do not do it very often.
Is there a sport you used to hate but now enjoy?