I knew I was unfit but even w1r1 made me feel like death!
I'm only 5ft tall and about 3 stone overweight and I originally started about 3 weeks ago. Like a lot of beginners, thought it would be a case of throwing on some old trainers and tracky bottoms and away I go - I soon found out the hard way. A week later, 3 "runs" down, 2 very painful knees and complete loss of motivation so I gave up. I was averaging about 15mins a kilometre so I was never going to give Mo a run for his money.
Fast forward to now and I have proper running shoes, no more knee pain and an average of 11mins a kilometre and full motivation back. I've signed up for Race for Life on 6th July and I will complete it without feeling like death at the end. I am going to do it, even if I have to crawl to the end!
I've started again from week 1 and can already feel and see improvements from my first attempt - quicker, less out of breath, no pain, less self conscious of looking like a bright red running idiot!
W1R3 tomorrow and I can't wait to get out there and prove the second voice in my head wrong!
I wanted to put my little beginner's story on here to hopefully encourage others and say it is possible - the runs are the easy(!) part, getting off the sofa and getting on with it are the hardest.
Thanks for reading and good luck everyone xx