I don't normally go in for blogs, forums and all that but this one seems so friendly and as I'm starting the programme in secret, I want to be able to share the highs and lows somehow.
I'm 30 and have always hated conventional exercise. I am lucky in that I am not particularly overweight but that tends to mean that people think I am fitter than I actually am (my fitness level is appalling). Anyway I've been trying to eat better and lose a few pounds for the summer but know that I need to move more, not just eat less - so here I am. I found out about c25k from a random bit of googling a few nights ago and decided to give this a try. Ok, I admit it, I'm just too tight to pay for gym membership!
So tonight I started the programme. The weather was horrible - continuous light rain but at least that gave me an excuse to have my hood up and hide my face. I guess I'm coming to this with a reasonable amount of baggage. Partly the fear that years of school cross country instilled and partly the years of ridicule I have endured because apparently I have a funny run. Nobody has ever managed to explain what is different about my run compared to a normal unfunny run, but it seems to provide a lot of amusement and means that it is something I normally avoid at any costs.
So I guess that's partly why I have decided to keep this a secret from those that know me. There's that part of me that really wants to turn around to the next person that ridicules my run and invite them to join me for a run at lunchtime just to see how long they manage to keep laughing for!
More important than all that is the fact that I did get out tonight, and I did complete the first run. It wasn't as bad as I thought to be honest, started out ok, got tough in the middle but actually seemed to get a little easier towards the end. I've not lived here long and don't really know the area which meant I chose a route that wasn't particularly level (seemed to manage to walk down most of the hills and have to run up them - thanks Laura)! Also managed to get a bit lost so walked an extra half mile or so to find my way back but never mind.