I am fast approaching 50, very overweight and, apart from walking which I have been struggling with lately, haven’t exercised in a very long time.
My first run was almost my last as I struggled to run for 10-20 seconds. I thought pigs would be flying before I could run for a whole minute... that's 60 seconds!!
W1R1 ~ Work commitments (end of school term madness) meant that I couldn't run again for a couple of weeks. So….. last Monday I decided to give it another go, with no real work commitments for a few weeks and free time so no more excuses. I dog walk for charity and rather stupidly did a couple of miles dog walking in sheering heat before I tried my run. Nevertheless, on one of the hottest days of the year, I ran..... I think I made 30 seconds in one stint. I completed the run hot, bad tempered, gasping, fly bitten and wondering if I had triggered the onset of the menopause given the amount of 'dripping' I was experiencing from my face. I'd also used a tracking app on my phone so now I had a record of how I'd performed...... and a benchmark for what I needed to beat next time. Yes, I was hooked and couldn't wait to try to beat my performance next time!
W1R2 ~ Similar conditions to my previous run, hot. I tried my best to slow my pace, which seemed to work, I managed 2 x 60 second runs this time. My times were slightly better, I was feeling much happier.
W1R3 ~ Same route but a little cooler and I managed 3 x 60 seconds! Now for a big decision, do I carry straight on to week 2 .
W1R3revisited ~ I decided that I wasn’t confident carrying on to week 2, and couldn’t wait for my next scheduled run…..so went straight out the following evening. I chose a flat route this time and it was much cooler. I was amazed to manage all but one or two full runs.
W2R1 ~ Still delighted at managing most of the runs last time I decided to push on and try week 2. My usual planned route was occupied by training army cadets so I decided to run a flatter route across moorland. The change of terrain I really enjoyed. My first run was less than 60 seconds so I really slowed my pace for the following runs. I managed 2 x 90 seconds tonight and am absolutely delighted. Pigs CAN fly!
I ramble on…… but I am so excited that I am slowly progressing and getting a little fitter by the day.