I was a sprinter at school and any long distance I distanced myself from!!!. Since then I have done as we all do exercise classes etc but never regular or for any real length of time. I have been suffering with a disc problem for a few years which is getting worse and eventually got some physio. Whilst talking he made me realise that if I don't use it I will lose it so to speak and my hubby had long been saying that when talking to me on the phone when I walk to work it sounds like I am gasping for air. So I decided that although my normal attempts to get fit have helped a little with flexibility my cardio really needed attention and I was going to do something about it. So here I am. I have just finished week 4 and like I have every week am dreading week 5. I am not a runner at all but saying that I am still hear and do feel so much better than I did and applaud myself for getting this far.
Week one 60 seconds run felt like hell and more like an hour and I thought I am never going to make 30 minutes but decided not to quit week one. I have not found one run at all easy and I am the one in the park avoiding everyone as I am bright red and gasping. But week 4 now finished when Laura says only 1 minute left I think thank God only a minute thats not too bad so my fitness and my mental state have definitely improved. I am still at the stage where if I try to do the breathing then I practically come to a halt so am not worrying too much about that at the moment. I have realised I was trying to go too fast and in order to do 5 minutes had to slow down and have changed to a proper pair of running shoes and this has made a huge difference to foot pain. My legs still ache and I am exhausted but just a short time ago I would never have been able to run for 16 minutes out of 30. So to all those people out there thinking shall I or can I then give it a go and persevere if I can do it anyone can. At 47 I can now cover more distance than I could at school although not elegantly but who cares I am in it for my health not to look good to all the other people in the park!!!
Give it a try!!!!