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1st run for nearly 40 years!

1st run for nearly 40 years!

So, at 52 I realise it’s nearly 40 years since I last ran (and even then I wasn’t particular good at it....) . I had put my plan in place (downloaded app, bought shorts and trainers) and thought today would be the perfect day for W1R1. I am in Miami on business and knew I’d be awake early and there are some good routes here. All good, except that today 25,000 runners have descended on the city for the Marathon and the routes I had looked at are shut off. Plan B it was then- hotel gym, treadmill at 5am.

Just to say I’ve completed it (just- the last run was hard, and my legs were decidedly wobbly getting off the treadmill (naturally the previously empty gym was now quite full). I’m hoping the motivation (and Jo Wiley’s dulcet tones) will keep going. Feeling quite proud but realise how unfit i I am at the moment- here’s my sweaty post run face

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That’s a great start, and a terrific post!

Just take everything slow and steady and you will do it! Keep posting! 😃🏃🏻

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Well done on run 1. And good for you for having a plan B when it would be much easier just to sluff it off for another day, then another, then another. Happy running and I look forward to following your progress.

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Fantastic and what a shame about the marathon- how dare they!!!

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Well done. Great to a make start. I’ve completed a fair few of the runs in far off places while on business trips.

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So it begins! And we'll done you. Even a treadmill in a gym in Miami sounds glamorous to me in a damp UK January.

Watch out - you'll be hooked before you know it!

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Well done.

This guide to the plan healthunlocked.com/couchto5... may help.

Be prepared for your life to change in totally unforeseen ways.

Enjoy your journey.

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Keep going, it's amazing how we all progress, which seems against all the odds. Get the faith and then keep it!

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Well today was R2 and with Miami back to normal I decided to run outside. Good old jet lag meant I was up and out in the dark at 5:00am . Hmmm think I’ll go back to room and take off my watch- only cops and robbers awake at this time (apart from middle aged jet lagged brits).

It was hard. No point pretending otherwise but I did it! It was interesting to compare treadmill with the street, on the one hand the treadmill is easier and there’s no chance of tripping over a kerb or a paving stone but , of course, you have to keep to the same speed for the whole 60 seconds (5.5mph in my case) , and I’m pretty sure I didn’t on the street run- particularly on the last two I felt myself slowing towards the end. Anyway , despite quite achy/stiff calves I’m feeling good - and I have 10 hours of inactivity on a plane later today to rest.

The one thing that surprised me this morning at 04:30 was that I was actually looking forward to running outside- by the fifth 60 second run somewhat less so... I had to smile when, as the sweat ran down my forehead and my legs were protesting at the cruel and unusual punishement I was putting them through, Knocking On Heavens door started playing through my earbuds.... still smiling now and genuinely feeling very energised. Post run face is still a red sweaty mess though

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