Some say the first step is the hardest. I decided about a month ago to start the C25K, and since then I've working really, really hard on coming up with excuses for not starting. Bad weather. Long day at the office. Tired. Other plans. Need new shoes. No time to get new shoes. And so on, and so on.
However, today was the day! Lovely sunshine when I got up, so I went to Snow + Rock in Romford where a friendly assistant manager patiently analysed my gait and whatever else it's called as I built up a sweat on his treadmill, sampling 5 different pairs of shoes. Eventually I decided on a pair of New Balance. The skies looked even brighter when it turned out they were reduced from £85 to £63.
5 minutes ago I came in from my first run. W1R1, I think it's called. Note to self: Must get up to speed on the lingo 'round 'ere. According to <a href="http://support.google.com/maps/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1628031">Google's distance measuring tool</a> the round trip was 3.3 km or just over 2 miles, including the warm-up/cool-down, and 2.2 km excluding them.
I'm glad to finally have gotten started, and tell myself that this was the hardest step. In a few weeks, it will all seem easier.