Hi folks. Been lurking on here and getting inspiration from you. Fat lad, ex smoker, bipolar, diabetic, high blood pressure...... had to bite the bullet and do something or could see me not seeing many more years.
Anyway - bought the trainers and anti-chaff shorts, iPod for the podcasts (that baffled me!) and hung back waiting for local group to join. So after a few months of not finding a local group (it was a good excuse to delay getting stuck in) I've started by using the treadmill in the local gym. I imagined it would be full of vain people unable to pass a mirror and I would stick out like a sore thumb but hey ho, I'm an ex squaddie and I've seen and done more than most, so not going to let a handful of self love fanatics deter me - it gave me the extra incentive to get stuck in and upset the beautiful people 😉.
I have had to run in the past, basic training, weekly PT etc, but never been a "good" runner, I'm built for carrying not running, but i was always one of the slowest and not something I would do by choice. Looking back though, it was the one exercise that was quick, effective, and only taking an hour to warm up, run, shower and get back home it gave me no excuses in terms of finding the time.
Up to now it's been a pleasant challenge. Each week I view the coming week with trepidation thinking I won't be able to run 90 seconds, or 3 minutes etc. Next week is 5 minutes and there's anxiety, but touch wood this week has been manageable so I just need to trust the programme and crack on. I'm not very quick 4kmph walking and was 6kmph running (but have now dropped that to 5.5kph to ensure I can do the time and not defeat myself - any failure would become a huge setback in my head and would give me the excuse to jack).
No breathing issues, pulse rate is lowering as I progress, calf aches and some very minor knee twinges but maybe I'm just looking for excuses to take it steady! 😉 Fingers crossed I haven't given up yet and enjoy the challenge.... whether 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes continual running is too close on the horizon I don't know, but will keep at it and try and not let it beat me, maybe repeat this week to build up my confidence as much as the physical ability. It's all in the mind eh?!
This place is amazing, such a communal / team spirit with some great advice. I get comfort from knowing we are all on the same journey and that we support each other when the going gets tough and confidence wanes. Thank you all, it would be much harder without this group.