My name is Natalie, and after a few weeks mooching around the blogs and questions and reading all about C25k, and being totally inspired by the stories i have read, I finally took the plunge on Tuesday and had a stab at W1R1.
I'm 30 years old and quite overweight. A complete lack of coordination and sporting prowess led me to grow up hating PE and team sports, and to shy away from active hobbies in general, which has naturally contributed to my weight gain over the years. I have in the past dabbled with exercise classes and gyms, but I have found that I am a "private" exerciser and prefer to do things without an audience or at my own pace!
I recently lost four stone using a x-trainer (with still a lot more to go), but the weight has started to creep back on so I needed something to up the anti and catch the slippery slope befor I was back to square one. I have a good friend who I swear lives to run, and my brothter in law spent the past 8 months training for the London marathon last weekend - so I was intruiged by running and how "the bug" grips so many people......so when I stumbled across C25k it really appealled to my curiosity - particularly how it seemed anyone, even someone like me, could have a go.
After weeks of building up the courage, off I went on Tuesday to a flat, remote location where hopefully nobody would catch me embarrassingly puffing and panting along the paths, or worse collapsing in a defeated heap! To my absolute surprise I managed the whole 25 minute podcast without stopping, and to jog (albeit verrry slowly) for the whole of every minute run. It wasn't easy - and I think I may have actually let out a loud groan when the last two runs started as I didn't think I could do any more, but I pushed through and did them. Yay me!
But, I think when I got home my body went into some sort of shock! My face went beetroot, I went all shivery and I couldn't stop coughing - it took a good 45 minutes for it all to pass and even then I felt a little weak and dizzy.
Tonight I'll be having a go at w1r2 - to say I'm nervous is an understatement!! I'm really scared that I won't be able to do it this time (my quads and ankles are still very sore) or that I'll have another "funny turn" eeek! I don't want to give up before I've even started.
Wish me luck.....I can do this right?!
Thanks in advance for any support you can offer!