"This was not my first time in a gym. I have dipped in and out of the scene for years, but I sat firmly out for a long while. I prefer exercise to be a solitary experience, headphones in, playlist on, eyes down, or better still, not at all."
We've all been there...
"Much worse is the smug grin from drivers as they usher me across the road from the safety of their car. A few glorious moments of relief waiting on the footpath while traffic passes propels me on. To be robbed of that with a cheeky wave, then watched as I flail across the road, seems cruel." 😂👌
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"On Monday I took the first steps. I downloaded a 'workout' playlist, bought a fancy foil-patterned drink bottle and wrote an inspirational quote on the the whiteboard next to my desk.
More than 3200 people flocked to Christchurch's beachside suburbs for the ASB Summer Starter on Sunday.
St John fundraising and marketing manager Debbie Pipson, who completed the 10km run, was pleased with the event's response and the help it offered towards St John.
"I'm buggered, but I actually feel good. I hurt my back last week but I didn't let that stop me. It's really good for the team, we're all about health and well being."
Tracy Hapi knows what it's like not to give up on her goals.
Her dedication to getting fit and healthy won her a trip to be guided through the New York City Marathon, but the Linwood 44-year-old ended up becoming one of the guides.
For Isobel Stout, like many others, battling cancer left her feeling "absolutely buggered".
The Christchurch women was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and received a mastectomy, followed by six months of chemotherapy and 30 days of radiation.