This morning at 6am I ran for the first time since I was in a P.E. class (now 30 years old)! Well, I say 'run' - probably more a juffle - between a jog and a shuffle My calves and shins hurt like crazy but I can't believe I actually did the full 8 minutes - feeling very proud and I hope this is the start of the new me!
I've always struggled with my weight and have piled a lot of weight on in the last few years through depression and giving up the gym (again) - now obese and embarassingly unfit. I've tried the gym several times but have never stuck it out it because I hate it. Whenever I've tried to lose weight the results seem depressingly disproportionate to the amount of effort I put in and I give up. In the last six months I've really started to win my battle with depression and my self-esteem is slowly improving.
I hope that running in the fresh air will be something I enjoy and will be therapeutic for me.
Fingers crossed the leg pain gets easier and I start to feel less self-conscious about juffling around my neighbourhood and soon I'll be overtaking Mo Farah
I'd really appreciate any 'first run' stories, advice or general words of encouragement