I'm a 40 yr old mum of 2 and currently walk around 2 miles a day doing the school run so I thought I'd be quite fit (I'm known for walking fast!). I've just recently realised that in around a year's time I won't be doing the school run any more as youngest child will be starting secondary school, so where will my exercise come from?
My youngest is a runner and has been doing the Junior 2k Parkruns whilst I've obligingly watched. Their school has also just introduced the Daily Mile into its routine which my youngest loves and others in the school hate (I'd have been one of those!). This is what has inspired me to attempt to run.
I love walking and am a fast walker but approaching, and now at 40, realised that weight was going on and not coming off, so what could I do that doesn't take too much time out of my day and enables me to increase my fitness? I know, I'll attempt to run! I have always dreaded running (partly due to the dreaded cross country in secondary school in the mist!) as I find it difficult but I thought that seeing as my youngest can do it, why don't I attempt it? I have several friends and relatives that run and enjoy it so it's about time I tried. My aim is to run with my youngest in the 5k Parkrun.
Monday just gone was my 1st run and after downloading the podcast (that was a feat in itself!) I thought I'd give it a try. I was totally puffed out and managed 5 of the 8 "runs" with really wobbly legs and a bright red face. My calves were aching and I ended up with hip pain on one side. I looked up my aches and pains to see if this was normal and realised I needed to get new trainers, so I duly bought more on my rest day.
Run 2 was better and I completed 6 of the 8 runs this time. I had no aching hips this time but was annoyed that I didn't finish all 8 runs and felt downcast. My sister, who runs, mentioned that breathing plays a big part. I didn't realise that you have to train yourself to breathe differently and do "belly breaths" rather than short snatches of breaths.
Run 3 was yesterday and I managed to do all 8 runs and felt really pleased with myself. I focused a lot on my breathing and found this really helped. I don't ache today and look forward to trying week 2 on Monday although I'm dreading running for 90 seconds.
I have total respect for those of you who are also trying to lose significant weight as this week has proved to me how hard, yet rewarding running can be.
Here's to my week 2 - onwards and upwards!