I never enjoyed running at school - I was always one of those ones lagging far behind, and cutting corners. But in the last couple of years I have done literally a couple of jogs, and suprised myself with how far I've gone.
But I never did it regularly - I've always wanted to. It took me until early last year before I decided that I was actually going to, sometime in my life, do a marathon - or at least a half marathon! It then took me until about May or June last year till I actually got round to reading lots of advice, go to a local shop, and after some brilliant guidance, buy some trainers.
They sat unused until last week.
I started off with the aim of getting round the block on a openly planned route. I went at what felt like a good pace, and cut my jog short because my legs had turned to jelly!
My plan so far has been to increase my distance gradually, adding about 20% when I feel comfortable with the new distance... or time...
I found C25K today, and was v. v interested in it because of the podcasts. I've seen many plans, but I can never be bothered following them because they're online, and you either have to print them off (meaning you have to carry a bit of paper with you), or memorise it (which means you can't concentrate on actually running). I've downloaded all of the podcasts.
Against advice I'm going for where I personally feel comfortable. But why not? If I can already run for 8 minutes with no walking as a warm-up, why should I go back to the start.
On Sunday I went out for a 3km run. Again, i went a shorter distance and walked a bit of it. In total it took me 15 minutes, 10 of it jogging.
Looking at the info on the podcasts, I'm going to be starting with W5R2. ie, 5 min walking, 8 min running, 3 walking, 8 running, 5 walking.
We'll see how I get on... I'm planning to go out later tonight...