I started running for the first time ever last October and thought in my naive mind that I would OK to start with Parkruns straight off the bat - oh how wrong I was! I managed 5 or 6 of them before I suffered terrible shin splints which completely put me off for a few months. A friend signed up for a 10k Steeplechase (29th October) and asked me to do it with him so with the desire to run still with me, I signed up. Stumbled across the C25K and decided that the only way I was going to be able to do it was to build into it slowly and hopefully build up my legs properly this time without overdoing it too soon. Decided that I would do 2 weeks of each of the C25K weeks to really break myself in gently. Its going OK so far, I have found that early morning runs are much nicer than evening ones and it gives my legs a chance to recover during the day whilst still moving around rather than going to bed and waking up with really stiff calves. This morning was my 5th time for the 2 week so on Sunday I will attack week 3 for the first time. I am still really nervous about my shins but am doing stretches etc to try and help and hope that this gentle intro to the C25K will be what sets me up for what is a great hobby to have
Incidentally I am running the Steeplechase in aid of the JDRF as my son has Type 1 Diabetes and thought I should do more than just run for my own benefit
Just here for motivation - although I have been motivated so far without encouragement!