So, I've just finished Week 1 - in total I've done 5 days instead of 3, but I'm discounting the first one as a trial which nearly killed me, and the fourth was a final shot on a rare summer evening, before I move up to Week 2 this week.
After the very first W1D1 I didn't think I'd ever want to run again. Ever.
But I was running into the wind, with no style at all (spent the whole minute each time feeling like I was going to topple onto my face at any instant), awkward, uncomfortable, embarrassed by other runners... and I lost my favourite headscarf in a particularly cold blast of wind from the lakeside.
This aside, I got very little in the way of encouragement from the first few people I told about my new running adventures, and I was, for a week or so, put off ever trying again. But then I told some better people, who were much nicer and far less critical of my running abilities, so here I am, marginally less unfit and proud.
I run around the lake at a country park nearby, roughly 1.5 miles I think, and I can get all the way around and a little more before the podcast ends.
Scenery is beautiful, and keeps me going because after I've passed the third run I *have* to keep going - after all, it's just as far to walk back to the car from that point as to just keep following the podcast.
All sorts of people - other runners, dog walkers, fisherman, cyclists - even the odd (very odd in my opinion) swimmer - so its never lonely.
(running, it seems, has also given me a new appetite for apples, previously considered to be the most boring fruit in existence. I'm even craving one now, just talking about them... )
Might have to get some proper trainers soon, since I'm getting pains in my legs, which I'm told is because I lean in slightly at the ankles when I run and need support on the inside of my feet.
I also seem to be developing a rather embarrassing "dead leg" - when I slow down for the walk, my right leg steps normally, by my left just plods really heavily, stomping on the ground regardless of my efforts to control it, and to an outsider, probably looks very much like a dodgy prosthetic leg lumping along for the ride. Alien leg syndrome.
Anyway, all being well, Week 2 Day 1 tomorrow; quite looking forward to the challenge, although my right leg has just throbbed at the mere thought of having to run 90 seconds at a stretch instead of 60.
Here goes nothing.