Back in Tartan

I got the flu. My leg exploded (really). Our beautiful new baby girl kept me awake. All the excuses for not running for 6 months or so. A couple of weeks ago I blew the dust off my running shoes and went for a try at week 1 to see how I could do. I tried a steady pace and light jog combo but didn't last long. I almost gave up.

By the end of week 1 I pace ran the run parts and jogged all the walk parts. It is now week 4 and I am race pace running the run parts and happy jogging the walk parts. I never did quite manage the 5k in 30 minutes but I am hopeful this time. How on earth do my legs and lungs remember how to do this? I have run 30 minutes a couple of times quite happily.

I have a family wedding in July so I need to be kilt ready, c'mon legs!

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  • I'm not surprised, I can't even fathom the thought of running after my babies which was a long time ago, but it's all consuming.. So well done for now getting out there and you will soon see improvements and you you will be energised...

  • Sounds like you are on your way to getting yourself kilt ready!

  • Get those legs reigned in and under control. We have a resident errant leg expert here in the form of dan the man zargo and you can read about his adventures here to give you the boost you're looking for, and a laugh!

  • That's fantastic, glad you & the exploding leg are on top form again. Keep going & you'll look fab at the wedding :)

  • Good luck with the kilt. Have you worn one before? I wear one quite regularly and it weighs a ton.

    Good luck with the running, and don't worry about time; the distance is far more important.

  • That 'Tartan' word leapt out at me from the c25k email, and I thought, I bet I know who that is! And I was right. :) One of the old guard from last year. Great to see you back again, and in such style! (Hope your leg is ok now - that sounds grim.)

    (My running is a bit limited at the moment, as my skin doesn't cope with sun/wind at all well, but I did do 30 minutes jogging round the house today - very tedious, but better than sitting still anyway, and hopefully I'll be able to get back outside again fairly soon, and my legs will still know what to do)

  • Howdy again greenlegs :) I have done more treadmill running than outside running at the moment and sympathise. Hopefully the weather is on the turn and we will get a good calm summer for running

  • who hoo your on your way to legs that go with a kilt again!

  • Thanks to all for the nice encouraging messages and it is nice to see some familiar faces who are still bitten by this running bug. I am trying not to get overly confident but am considering my post c25k training already. I find writing about running hugely therapeutic, mayhaps I should start some form of blog. It probably wouldn't have many (if any!) readers but it would be a good way to chart my progress or lack thereof. Up early, baby and toddler asleep and after a lie in of almost 7 interrupted hours (compared to the usual 5ish) I almost feel refreshed. Best of luck to all running today and thanks for being kind enough to comment on a lapsed graduate's musings.

  • Lapsed graduate here too! Nice to see some familiar faces. My lovely daughter has signed me up for a 10k so I'm busy trying to get back to fitness as well. Managed 5k last Saturday and have signed up for 5x50. It is weird that your lungs and legs haven't completely forgotten what they can do isn't it? Or is it a mental thing in that you now know it can be done so the gremlins are silenced?!

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