Finally on Track

I used to run - not well, but I did the odd half marathon and loved the feeling of being fit. Wind forwards almost 20 years and I've decided I'm missing it. It's a daunting thought, starting again, but today was as good as any and I bit the bullet and tottered out on W1, R1. It's just amazingly fab to be back out there ... I just hope the years and the spare tyre (or three) won't make it very tricky! ;)


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  • Yeay.. go you... listen to Laura and the folk on here and you will totally get there.. keep posting and get the tips and the support. You will really love it...:)

  • Thank you. I definitely need all the help I can get, but I'm determined to give it a good go! If I don't start now I might never get going again.

  • Ffion I'm the same 20 years ago I was superfit too, roll on 20 years and week 8 of #C25K and I'm not too shabby at all lol but boy it was tough getting here.

  • I think I'm likely to be decidedly shabby, but as long as I'm out running I don't mind. I'm at the tough bit!! How long did it take your legs to cooperate?!

  • Well done, you can do it!

    E xxx

  • Hi Ffion and welcome to the forum; you've just done the hardest run of the whole 9 weeks :)

    Something tells me you're going to be absolutely fine, because I suspect that somewhere in your legs you'll have the muscle memory of being a runner. I'm not saying it'll be easy, but you *know* what your legs and body are capable of, so, for you, the programme will be a matter of reminding them.

    Vey best of luck. Keep posting your progress and I'm sure you'll be running HM distances again before the end of the year. :)

  • Yep; this. I have a friend who spent over a month in hospital loosing all her fitness after a period of illness and inactivity before that. Before THAT, she was a marathon runner. She does have the mind of a warrior, but after she came out of hospital she cycled across London to the start of the Hackney Half, smoked a roll-up, had an espresso, and ran the whole way. Not advisable in any way, but 1)secretly really cool, and 2) shows that it's mostly about knowing you can, and then a bit about fitness on top of that.

    You're going to be just dandy. :)

  • You're right, tea-fairy that really is cool! x

  • Oh I love that. I'm not quite in your friend's league, but I'd LOVE to get back into running properly. That 'go out because you want to natter all the way round, enjoy the scenery and just being' thing, rather than the 'I hope nobody sees me and I know I'm going puce thing!

    Thanks for the inspiration though ... I'll remember that when I'm tottering round the common!

  • Yes. It's the best way of engaging with the landscape you're in, I think. Long lonely runs and drawing are among the sanest and loveliest things in the world, I think.

  • I used to run a lifetime ago, C25K will get you back there. Keep posting and let us know how you get on x

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