Thank you to those who commented on my first blog post on Monday, very much appreciated and inwardly digested the advice given!
Well yesterday was a sharp reminder as to why the Army kicked me out all those many moons ago! This time yesterday I was not doing round 2 today regardless of what anyone could have said to me!
Tonight however, Olli (the dog) was looking mournfully at the car so off we went to the woods where I did the first run. There's not many people go through the woods or it's big enough to not have to bump into people whilst looking like a sweaty breathless heap! That's not the only reason I've chosen that area to do my running in, it's all 'off road' i.e. no tarmac/pavement running which is what killed me off when I was in the army (that and wearing boots, bergen and webbing!), mud and grass at least has a little bit of natural cushioning in for ye olde joints!
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with myself this evening. I did some reading up on breathing techniques and tried to belly breathe as much as possible - it was easier tonight. I didn't get the stitch I got on Monday, I wasn't gasping for breath half way round like I was on Monday, and whilst I wasn't the most co-ordinated of runners I think I was a little more relaxed about it which probably helped the most.
I can't say I've enjoyed the running so far, but I have enjoyed the self-satisfaction that so far this week I have managed to run for 16 whole minutes! I'm not sure I'll ever enjoy the actual running, especially not whilst it feels like my joints are colliding with each other and trying to settle themselves in to a natural rubbing pattern. I'm hoping that as I lose weight and build muscle that the collision of the bones become less (preferably before my cartilage does one!).
Anyways two out of three aint bad or so Meatloaf reckoned! Rest day tomorrow then third attempt on Friday - that is, if I can figure out how to get the podcast onto my android phone as I've just swapped from an iphone this evening (my reward for doing the run was to sit and fiddle with my new phone - sad aren't I?!)