At 09.39 on 8.8.12 I googled ‘lardy couch potato to 5k’. I’d been perusing the MoneySavingExpert site for free/cheap things to do with the kids and C25K came up, I didn’t know what it was.
At 12.51 I found the podcasts and downloaded them to my iPod and by 12.52 had found this forum.
Running is something I’d never really contemplated seriously, I’d always been ‘chubby’, even at school and found the running part of sports hard. I’d looked at people running in the streets and thought ‘rather you than me’ or words of that ilk. However I was just over halfway through my weight loss journey and feeling the strain and needed extra exercise to keep me going.
In Tesco that afternoon I bought a pair of trainers, just cheap tesco branded ones. I did do exercise before this, just not with trainers on (trampolining, gym, swimming, cycling, I either wore socks or normal shoes). Came home, put the shopping away and went out for W1R1.
So where have I got to in the last year? Just looking at MapMyRun 'lifetime stats', since I started logging my runs (end of August last year) I've run over a thousand kilometres (199.44k on the treadmill (if I'd known it was so close to a round number I would have done the extra 0.56k this morning) and a whopping 812.32k outside along the streets and footpaths, mainly near home but occasionally elsewhere)!!!! That's from here (South London) to Scotland and back again, or for the 'locals' just over 5 times round the M25!
What have I got out of it? I'm fitter than I was before, slimmer and weigh less than I ever have in my adult life and I've been outside in all weathers exploring the local area. We've lived here for 12 years now and I'm still finding new paths and saying 'so that's where this goes'. On yesterday's struggle (it wasn't a good run) I spotted cows up the other end of a footpath between 2 houses, I'm going to have to go and explore that soon!
Where am I going? Where ever my feet and legs can take me!