From 100m to My First 10k
Kevin Treweek, 54, from Eckington, describes himself as a 'big lad' who is 'not really built for running' but when he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes three years ago he knew he had to start getting active.
He's been jogging for the past three years with both Barlborough Gentle Joggers and Jog Eckington and recently completed his first 10k.
Kevin Treweek built his running distances up gradually.
A 'big lad'
I'd tried jogging before I was diagnosed but packed it up. I'd been swimming and to the gym a couple of times. One of the health trainers at Eckington was running the Jog Derbyshire Club at Barlborough so I started going out with the beginners. By last summer was was jogging twice a week and even sometimes going out by myself.
The group gave me confidence to do a 5k in June in Barlborough. I quite enjoyed it so I did a few others at Chesterfield, Rother Valley and Leeds but I never thought that I could do a 10k.
I'm quite a big lad, I'm not really built for running. They don't even have my size tops in a running shop. I have to get get 4XL and shops don't cater for runners of my size.
A trip to Southport
I saw the Southport MadDog 10k advertised in a running guide which said it was one of the best in the country. I went up for the weekend and booked a B&B but didn't think I'd complete it. Everyone else on the starting line looked a bit fit and good. They were thinking about the time to beat. I was just stood there thinking 'What am I doing here?'
It was quite windy on the sea front which made it hard work and cold and I thought 'I'm not going to do it, I can always pull out' But I wanted to finish because I didn't think I'd ever have the courage to do another one again.
Crossing the finish line was a proud moment. It took me two and a half hours. Before I did it I doubted whether I should do it or not but now I know I can do it.
The organisers were fantastic, encouraging you and pulling you through it. I've got great memories of Southport - of people applauding me - it psyches you up and I now can't see myself ever packing it up. I've put in for a 10k in Dronfield in a couple of weeks.
Running has spurred me on. The bad weather does put me off - it's not good when you're waiting to get going and you're cold but when you get back, it's a great feeling and I like the challenge.
Getting the right encouragement
I do need Jog Derbyshire's help because I do lose my way. I wish I was more self-motivated and could run on my own but I can't on a long-term basis. Jog Derbyshire is a good idea because running is hard work - it's harder than swimming which you can go and do gently. You do need that encouragement - especially on a 10k.
I'm a van driver so the exercise is good for me when I'm in the van all day. The doctor's pleased because I'm on medicines to reduce my blood pressure and they told me doing sports and loosing weight can help me. I can't cure my diabetes but I can control it. That's the only option I've got.
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