Anyone can run.

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Caroline Taylor. Image supplied.

Caroline Taylor. Image supplied.

I find inspiration from many running mums, friends,online groups and sharing my own running journey online. I’m sure it drives non- running friends batty but perhaps inspires a few at the same time.

Anyone can run. I am proof. I’m not a natural runner I’ve set myself many goals over the past two years and just kept chugging along. I’m 43, a part time working mum of two and married to Craig . We are are a tight Unit; Team Taylor if you will .

Like many Aucklanders running over the harbour bridge was a huge goal and so in late 2013 my running journey started via downloading the Adidas beginners guide & Making it all a reality . What a buzz! It’s a fabulous run. I finished. Not speedy, not last and there was no need for the ‘bus of shame ‘ (there to assist those who don’t make the cut off to get across the bridge before its re opened to the public). My recovery was okay and it was a fab feeling heading into the silly season fitter!

Summer took over and the running slowed with the Auckland humidity. The heat hurt but I kept on chugging . I trained around the family, often tag teaming my husband – one in one out!! I had caught the bug and kept on plodding. I ran four half marathons in 2014, four in 2015 taking me around New Zealand and various Auckland run events. This year I have run the 14 km in Tauranga and 10 km Auckland events as a warm up to my 10th half in May in Sydney.

On May 15 I lined up with 11,999 others, feeling a little emotional at how far I have come and proud to now call myself a runner! My commitment & dedication paid off ( even a 24 tummy bug didn’t stop me ..that was rough!!) I ran my heart out breaking PB’s in 5, 10, 14 and 15 km. I did slow at the end but now know I’m mentally and physically able to get the sub 2 hour goal I’m chasing . Retire? Maybe, but why?

My legs work, my running is now more efficient, I’m faster, my pace is better and I feel happy and healthy. I’m lucky to be back on the road in recovery mode now within a few days . Running puts me in a good head space, I feel calm and a better person.

View more of Caroline’s running journey on her Facebo0k page.

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