• Andria Rudy

Why I Run

Updated: Jan 30, 2019

Guest Blogger Marion Cadière and Brighton Run2Music volunteer, from the French Riviera, tells us what got her into running and why she won't be stopping anytime soon.

I was an active child, always doing sport and spending time outdoors. But around the time I turned 13 I started losing interest. Training seemed boring and hard, and all my friends were starting to leave too. So like a lot of young women around that age, I stopped doing any sport. I was able to see the changes very quickly; the lack of endorphins and regular physical activity had a negative effect on both my physical and mental shape. We all have been through teenage years and we all know how hard it can be. I was not at ease with myself, and felt lethargic and insecure.

It was not long before I had to get back into it, but I couldn't bring myself to go back to the same sports I had done as a child: Tennis and Judo. I wanted a change. So I went online to see what sport I could do and then it hit me. Why not try the oldest and purest sport? Running! All you need is a good pair of shoes, your earphones and you are good to go. This would be easy. How wrong I was. Running takes time. It takes time to build up stamina and good technique and to make running a part of your life.

It was actually my dad who played a major role in helping me get into running. We started slow at first: a 30 minute jog along the beautiful sea front of the French Riviera, where I am from. But he kept pushing me forwards and helping me to progress. As I started to get confident I ran a little more. Inch by inch I got fitter and faster. At first it was just a way to stay in shape, but then it became a type of escape from the stresses of classes and everyday life. I am really lucky to have gown up in a beautiful part of the world which offered me wonderful running landscapes, and open spaces. A mix of forest and beaches, the French Riviera sits on the beautiful Med, and the combination of sand and hills kept me from boredom on long runs. Running on sand is tough though!

If I were asked to give some advice to a beginner, I would say that the most important thing is to be patient. You are not going to run for an hour at first but the feeling you get when you get fitter and can go for longer is absolutely worth it!

I don't think I'll ever stop running again, unless I have to.