The challenge at 'Once Upon a Sketch' this month is 'An event that changed my life' got me thinking. Ofcourse there are those obvious life-changing events like marriage, the birth of each precious baby, but for this one I decided to document my love of running which is a fairly recent obsession for me.
In 2011 I found that I was getting breathless carrying my infant son up to bed. I had made many attempts to stick to an exercise program but none worked for me. I would join a gym and go two or three times, or start to go for regular walks but the motivation would disappear after a couple of days. In August 2011 I bought a pair of new running shoes and resolved to start walking each morning. After a few days I was getting bored so I set myself the challenge of running my walking route. I was thrilled to find that I could actually run 2 kms without stopping!
Thats when my love of running began. Each day I challenged myself to run further and faster. My first 5kms was a huge event for me - my time was around 35 mins! Two and a half years later I am still running 6 days a week. I run between 7 and 10 kms most days and I can run my old 5km route in 27 mins. I am about to start training for my first marathon in November. More importantly I am so much fitter, I have heaps of energy to chase after my kiddies and I feel great!
I loved the sketch and started off sticking quite closely to it but then I kind of lost the plot and got a bit carried away with my inks and stensils. I piled up lots of odd tags, die-cuts and paper pieces to make a mat for my photos. I wanted to add a lot of journaling so I typed my words and cut them up into strips. (takes less room that my usual handwritted journaling.
Have a great weekend - here in NZ we have a long weekend as today we remember Anzac Day.