In about three weeks it will be my 4 year runniversary Looking at some of the posts from new people on here (welcome one and all ) and looking back at some of the things that bothered me, I've realised something that I just had to post about.
When I started, I got knackered very quickly. It took me 50 runs to graduate, not 27, but that was okay, because I got that badge! But then it took forever to get into a run. On the whole I hated the first 12 - 15 minutes of any run. My legs hurt. I was uncoordinated. I couldn't catch my breath. I couldn't breathe! The question kept coming round again, as questions do on here, and I kept seeing people say that the first 5 minutes were awful and then things settled down and they could run. And for me, it kept being the first 15 bloody minutes. I hated it. I'd tell people that I hated running, but I liked having run. The actual process of running was not fun. I disliked being so sweaty, beetroot-faced, out-of-breath and out of control. Then I got fitter, then I faded in and out of various injuries, greater and lesser, and my fitness increased and waned again... but the start of a run was still bloody hard and hateful.
I went out this morning. The run was uphill to start with - just a gradual incline, but it went on... and on... and on... for 1.5k. And it was okay. Not fantastic, but okay. It made me think, when I got back, that for quite a while now, the first bit of the run has actually been okay. I couldn't tell you when this started, but it has made me very happy.
So there's hope! Stick at it - if I can do it, anyone can! Happy running, everyone