I've always been one of those people who really didn't see the point in running. Didn't see how or why people would want to run, let alone go fell running or do marathons, triathlons and all the rest of it.
I'd love to know then, how starting to get into fitness has changed my mindset to the point where I actually decided to start running.
In any case, at the end of last year I set myself the goals of completing the c25k beginners running programme and running a 5k Race for Life. ---eeek!
When I came into the office on 30 January, I thought I'd give myself a little 'warm up' for it on the treadmill and spent the next couple of days in pain with DOMS, so it was with a little anticipation that I started officially with the W1D1 (Week 1, Day 1) session on Monday.
Surprisingly, I managed the whole thing far more easily than I thought I would and even more bizarrely, I actually enjoyed it! And because my leg muscles had got over their shock of being used, they didn't even ache afterwards! :) So today, I was actually quite looking forward to the second workout which was completed again without problems and I'm still psyched up for the third workout on Friday.
The first week of c25k involves three 'runs' comprising a 5 minute warm-up walk followed by 20 minutes of alternating running for 60 seconds and then walking for 90 seconds, with a 5 minute cool down. As I progress, the length of time spent running will increase and the time spent walking will decrease.
To make it clear, I've started the workouts indoors on the treadmill. Partly because of the weather and also because I'd rather be inside in case I have any problems given I'm a new runner. As conditions get better outside, I'm hoping to transition to running outside in a few months' time and may start getting off the train a stop earlier to run the last bit into work...
Who'd have thought even a few months ago, that I'd even consider doing that?!