I started couch to 5K about 3 months ago and my two teenage sons have gone from mild amusement of their mum who has never done any regular exercise, to being really quite interested and encouraging of my running which has really touched me. Today the younger 14 year old who isn't really a runner decided to come out with me, so we set off with our ipods to do the Stepping Stones podcast so we would be running to the same music and the same beats per minute. I thought we'd be doing the run together. The warm up walk was fine but then the running started - I was shocked to see that literally within seconds his sickeningly long legs took him off into the distance. He's 6 foot tall, I'm 4'11" small. There was absolutely no way I was going to be able to keep up, within a couple of minutes I couldn't even see him!!!
I've often wondered if I've been making excuses for my short legs meaning that I don't cover much distance but going at the same speed of the same beats per minute it was amazing to see what a difference it made to how far we both ran. I've decided I'm not going to get too hung up on the distance I run now, but to concentrate on the time instead.
I didn't see him again until we reached the end but I have to admit that I was secretly pleased when he said he couldn't keep up with the music and had to slow down a bit