First time I've ever written a blog, but after reading other people's I thought it looked a great way to chart progress and share experiences with others. Hope it goes well
This isn't the first time I have run. I started last year, think it may have been about August. A little bit of background may help; I have had asthma since the age of 3 and am now 41. At school some teachers were not so sympathetic to the plight of asthmatics and I dreaded summer when cross country running season would see me at the back of the line coughing and spluttering with barely controlled hay fever whilst others left me for dust. In short running and I were never really the best of friends and tolerated each other at a push. Growing up any exercise I did was at a gym or walking. I spent my mid to late 20's and 30's with my weight fluctuating. At my heaviest I was 14.5 stone. I went through periods of drinking allot and smoking (I know, what an idiot I was). Eventually it all had to come to a stop before something sinister happened.
About a year ago whilst walking with my partner I started feeling the urge to jog a little ahead. Now I have no idea what caused this, but it was definitely there. My partner used to jog a little and so she suggested I should try it, so after a little while I did. Now am sure I'm not alone here when I say I couldn't run 100yds to begin with, but within a few months I was running 2 mile non stop which for me was phenomenal. I did toy with the C25K back when starting, but since most of my running was on roads I was tentative to listening to a pod cast with cars whizzing by for safety. I started running 2 mins then walking 2 mins and slowly building up. It was very tiring stuff and I probably did allot more than I should have been doing to be honest.
In October I became a father again to a beautiful baby boy, alas though it saw the end to my running. Too many broken sleeps, not enough time. I tried to carry on sporadically, braving the cold and even the snow, but came to a grinding halt. ..... Until now that is. I weighed myself last week and I was a pound off 14 stone. Too much chocolate for energy ( yeah yeah I know lol), too many unhealthy options and too little exercise had me back on the road to trouble.
My daughter started to have back problems around the age of 14 to the extent where it prevented her doing sports she enjoyed, affected the way she walked and left her in constant discomfort and pain. It turned out she had a herniated disk and at the age of 16 she had surgery. Her weight had become troublesome as she hadn't been able to do too much exercise, even walking was slow and laborious for her. We both decided to start the C25K together to break her gently into running and me back into it. We live apart, but have been supporting each other over text and phone this week and will run together when she visits.
There is my story so far. I found week 1 a nice gentle re-introduction and am enjoying the program so far. Summer is here and I am running 3 times per week breaking it up with dog walking every other day for 3 miles. looks like I may be back on track and even though I've had a wee cold this week it hasn't stopped me. Daughter is enjoying too, what better way to de-stress from her A level course?
More to come soon. Until then keep running, walking and enjoying your efforts everyone