In 2013, Yue realised that it was time to take control of her body and her health. Overweight and at serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Yue knew that she needed to do something to boost her health but, importantly, her self-esteem. “I was also at a turning point in my life where due to events, my confidence and self-esteem had taken a serious stumble,” says Yue.
Although highly self-conscious of running in front of others, Yue downloaded the NHS Couch to 5K program and bravely took her first few steps through the door. While Yue, at first, found this extremely tough, as her fitness gradually increased, so did her confidence. “I was terribly embarrassed when I started running, I would go when it was dark and no one that I knew could see me!”
Building up the time and distance she would run for each week, Yue noticed her fitness and stamina increase, and saw huge changes in her body shape. “I noticed over time that my weight began to slip off and I naturally began to eat more healthily,” says Yue. “This, in turn, increased my confidence in my daily life.”
From feeling terribly embarrassed to run down her street and struggling to run for three minutes at a time, Yue has come along away. In fact, Yue admits she is now a complete running addict! “The term “runners high” is definitely not a myth,” she says. “I can definitely vouch that I feel much better after a run even on the runs that don’t go so well – it’s true that no run is a bad run”.
Yue regularly runs 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons and is a huge parkrun advocate. “I have met so many people through parkrun,” says Yue. “I also volunteer which is another great way of meeting people and enjoying the running atmosphere!” Yue has just joined the parkrun 50 club and is aiming to make her way into the 100 club.
Dramatically improving Yue’s fitness, health and diet, while developing her self-confidence and also her social network, running changed Yue’s life. “I was definitely the least athletic person you would come across but now I plan my life around my runs,” says Yue. “I used to think that to be a runner you had to be a certain age or shape but I now know that runners come from all walks of life. Now I don’t care who sees me! I’m proud to be out there however slow I am!”
This weekend, Yue will be running in our WR10K Finsbury Park event and is encouraging all women – whatever their ability – to come and get involved in the 5K or 10K event. “I’m definitely not fast but I’m proud to say that I will go the distance,” says Yue. “I’m looking forward to it as I think the atmosphere will be great and there will be lots of different types of runners.”
Unfortunately, due to a health condition, Yue cannot run as frequently or as far, but is determined not to give up on her passion. She says, “I’m conscience that each run could be my last but while I can, I will continue to run….”