I’m Cathy and this is my blog. That’s me above, just finishing my first 10k back in 2006. I’m actually looking for my friends who didn’t see me cross the finish line. Obviously, I was too much of a blur.
I started running after stopping smoking. I started smoking at around age 11 because, er, I don’t know why, probably because my friends did, or maybe just to piss my mum off. Or maybe that drag of a Marlborough my dad gave me when I was 5 started me off and I was just waiting until I was tall enough to see over the counter of the unscrupulous local shop that sold single cigarettes for 9p to the local under 16s.
25 years later I got fed up with smoking, so I read the Allen Carr bookand stopped. For 20 minutes. So I read it again and stopped for 3 weeks until it got to Christmas Day and I started again. Then stopped again when I went to back to work a week later. That was in January 2006 and I’ve never looked back. Unless I think someone is following me.
When I’m not running (which, let’s be honest, is most of the time), you can usually find me studying for my degree in Creative & Professional Writing (I’ve finished my degree now. I got a 1st – just thought I’d sneak that in there), blogging over at Planet Veggie – my vegetarian recipe blog – or, more likely, in the pub.