C25K has had quite a few mentions in the Guardian recently, along with all the other 'new year new me' stuff, and this morning Decca Aitkenhead has an article about getting fitter and healthier theguardian.com/lifeandstyl... (Obviously she has not done C25K). I find her life so remote from mine, and a comment below the line: "I’d really like, just once, to read an article about an average Joe (busy life, not paid to write about experiments, no budget for a PT etc.) making moderate but effective lifestyle changes that benefit long term health" made me think that hearing from someone 'ordinary' might be interesting, so I have pitched an article to the Guardian as a counterbalance.
I wrote "I have begun the NHS Couch to 5K programme, and it is really hard-going (on the very first day I didn’t manage to complete the run). My particular angle would be that I am older, much less fit (at the beginning), experiencing some significant life changes, not in a position to ‘splash the cash’ and perhaps most importantly, will fail at certain points but (I hope) will keep going. My proposal would be to write an article (or ideally a short series) from the point of view of a non-metropolitan, ‘ordinary’ person with a relatively limited budget and goals. (C25K is a nine week programme, so perhaps ten articles, with a Bridget Jones-style précis of vital statistics - week one Age 54, Weight 68kg Hours of exercise 2 Average Steps 3000 … Or perhaps not!)"
Would you read such an article, or am I being arrogant to think that my experience could be universal? Perhaps there is someone on here better qualified than me who'd like to take it on instead, in the unlikely event that it's commissioned?
Let me know what you think. Good running!