Just wanted to make a quick post here. I'm 30, overweight (16st) and a father to two young boys. I've been telling myself I'll get fit 'later' for the past two years. I've always liked the idea of running but been far too self-concious to actually do it.
My lifestyle is rather sedate too. Day job see's me in an office sat at a desk with the odd visit to construction sites. Evenings / weekends are taken up by my freelance web design antics so pretty much, most of the day I am in front of a screen.
I'm warm-blooded so generally sweat a lot through-out the year which in turn, causes me bad headaches and the only thing to help is a cold shower and sleep. Not ideal. So a visit to the docs last month mentioned that I should try and lose weight to see if that can help. So...
Last weekend, I plucked up the courage, grabbed my iPod with the podcasts on it, said hello to Laura and started my first run (W1R1). I was surprised (and proud) of myself for doing it but I only managed 7 of the 8 runs, and two of those I cut short by 15 seconds purely because I couldn't manage it. I suffered from shin splints and hobbled for a little bit but that night, I got home and ordered some proper running shoes (Nike Dart 9 if you're interested, £35ish on sportsdirect).
Trainers arrived on Tuesday so R2 was on and it was more of a success. I managed all 8 runs from start to finish and last night, I done R3 and extended each run by 10 or 15 seconds, and even managed to squeeze a 9th repetition at the end.
I'm really happy with my progress and how much more I've been able to over such a short space of time, can't wait to go out and run again but I'm resting until Sunday.
Also, I must say, the thought of running 20 mins in week 5 scares the bejesus outta me, but looking forward to the challenge!
And one last question - I personally think the music is dire on the podcasts. I don't suppose there's an acapella (ha!) somewhere so I could layer it over something more akin to my taste?
Just thought I'd post a hello / introduction... hello