A year ago I posted the following on my Facebook page:
"I'm wondering if I fell out of bed last night and knocked myself senseless. I was sitting here in the early evening when I had a sudden thought to go for a run. So I did! Nothing strange for some people, but I *don't* run.I only went 5 km and no doubt some folks will say walking for 5 mins and running for 60 secs and repeat for 45 mins, is not running, but it was a big effort for me!"
A day later I wrote:
"I lied about my 'run' on Friday. I used a watch today and what I thought was 60secs running was only 30! today I did 45 secs run, 1 min walk, repeated for 5km. By the end of this my abductors were screaming at me to stop!"
To which a friend replied:
"Sounds like you are embarking on couch to 5k. Good luck"
I'd never heard of C25K, so went searching and found this site.
I downloaded the podcasts and borrowed a mp3 player from my son and went out and completed W1r1. I was in pain from the abductors for the first week or so on the programme, but otherwise really enjoyed the programme. I went to the running shop as advised by my son and after having my gait analysed got running shoes.
After completing C25K I extended my distance to 10km and have subsequently completed in 3 10K races. But more than racing I particularly love trail running and have enjoyed several wonderful off-road runs. I've shared details of some of these in my hiking/outdoors activity blog: swanscot.wordpress.com/cate...
Unfortunately I've suffered a couple of running injuries that have kept me off running for several weeks at a time. I'm currently slowly returning to regular runs following knee bursitis. Progress is slow, but that's partly because I'm too exhausted from my cycle commute to run! About 2 days a week I have a 30 mile return trip by bike and even the days when the commute is half that, when I car share part-way with hubby (and my bike!), leave me too tired when I get home to contemplate going for a run!
I still love running and will try a slightly longer run this week on my days off if I'm not hiking with hubby.