I thought that I would cheat a little bit and go up to a track through the fields close to where we live so that I didnt have to run through the village.
The 5min brisk walk was no problem, I can walk for miles. Then it was the 1st run.
Ooooof. I didnt know that after no exercise for about 20 years that 60 seconds could last so long. By the end of the 2nd 60s my calf muscles were burning.
But then I got through number 5 and there is an old electricity pylon next to one of the fields alongside the track. I have made it my mental halfway point to touch the pylon each time (even though it was more than halfway!)
I then seemed to really enjoy the run/walk back down the track. It was if it was no effort. I was wobbling and huffing and puffing but loving it.
I seem to still be heavy on my feet and landing on my heels but hey, it was the first time I had run for 20 years.
I always used business travel as an excuse not to start a fitness training regime but not now. My trainers will be getting packed. Will be a great way to see where I am visiting as well rather than just staying in the hotel.
So the questions:
1. I'm guessing its normal for my calves to be sore. What stretching exercises should I be doing? It seems to be a 50/50 split on stretching in cool down from what I have read.
2. I have always enjoyed swimming as it is easier on my knees. Would it be advised or not to go to the pool for 25 mins on my non running days (Tues, Thurs)
Looking forward to Weds now !