I have a 400 metre running track in a park aout 2 klms from where I live. It was this track that got me started on this running thing. Around the outside of the track the local Council installed some exercise equipment so, in November last year, I decided I would walk down there and back - and do some exercise on this equipment (rowing machines, stepping machines, etc) . I did this for about a month in the very early mornings around Dawn -- but it started to get a bit boring and I started to jog from one machine to the next. It was a real effort -- but one day I wondered if I could run right around the whole track. I did!!! -- but nearly collapsed from exhaustion. It was then that I initially thought that I had to do something about this. Why was it that, all my long life, I had never been able to run whereas others could ---- and ENTER THE INTERNET (to stage right) which led me to a wealth of training info and training programmes including C25K
I haven't been back there for nearly 4 months - but this morning I thought that I needed some dead flat ground where I could do some experimentation using my heart rate monitor to see if I could definitively decide which running paces I can do or keep up and those which I had to use run/walk breaks with. Quite a successful time of experimentation and I can now basically "feel" what my heart rate is now without looking at the monitor. After I did all this - I walked slowly home. THEN -- it dawned upon me that, during the course of my experimentation, I had run around this track 6 times at different paces -- and hadn't even thought about doing so. I was too busy thinking about other things to even notice that I had run around it 6 times. I think I deserve a beer!!!