I've been skulking around this forum for about a week and decided tonight that I should be bold and introduce myself. I am a very new runner... have just completed week one of C25K. I have never run before and in fact have shunned 'exercise' for most of my life, it just has not ever enthused me, at all. But I am so chuffed that I have managed to do it, pretty much as planned, for the first week. I'm 64, at least two stone overweight; I need to get both my weight and my cholesterol down and I have a few health niggles, which I have been partly using as an excuse not to start.
But a few weeks ago I made my mind up that I would do this. TBH I didnt really think I'd get past the first run..and it was hard, no doubt about that...but I DID it Rather stiff and achy in the leg area the following day, so I did two days rest and then went out again. legs were less sore the second time, but then the heatwave hit, so yet again I took a two day rest...and went out this morning for the third time!
The hardest thing I find is that I can feel the load on my knees and ankles, plus my industrial sized boobs, despite being securely 'housed' in a zip up sports bra (don't you love the bra fitting ladies in M&S, never had my boobs 'housed' before!!), do have a life of their own which doesn't make running any easier despite the right gear!
But the main thing is, I did it and I'm so pleased...a couple of friends smiled behind their hands when I announced that I was going for it...however I'm the one who is going to get fitter and healthier so let them snigger!
I am trying not to say much to my children - I told my younger daughter but it will be in one ear and out the other as she has such a busy life with her family...lol. Plus I told my younger son who lives in London and has been begging me to do something... anything to improve my fitness levels, for ages.
I don't plan to tell the other three until I've run my first 5k! I've got eight grandchildren as well and I'd like to show them that you can do anything which you set your mind to, if you just persevere, don't listent to the doubters (especially the sneaky one in your own head!) and don't give up!
I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts, it's all so encouraging and I find myself nodding and going "oh yes thats me..." quite often!
Lovely to meet you all