I really can’t say how this happened. Could it have been the football (yawn)? The tennis? Or just a general feeling of ‘I have to do something about this weighty issue that is surrounding me.’ Whatever it is, something has made me think that if I could run fifteen years ago and really not that much has changed, then surely I can run now… can’t I? Obviously, I need to look into this properly.
I had heard about the NHS ‘Couch to 5K’ scheme. Hmmm 5K roughly 3 miles, right? Surely I can do that. I am carrying extra weight, I am 64 (and a bit) and I haven’t done any form of exercise for a very long time so let’s get this into perspective. My research found a website https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/ and an app ‘Couch to 5K’ – I read the reviews, all very positive. Surely 25k downloads can’t be wrong.
Well, no time like the present. I need to check that the old kit fits, (if I can find it and I can always borrow one of the hubster’s big tees if not) and get everything ready the night before I can do an early morning run – before it gets too hot. There’s no way I can stay the course if I try to run in this 30oC but a pleasant 16/17oC should be OK. That’s it then, app downloaded, old work-out gear prepared, socks and trainers all in place, hat for shade and disguise, ear pods at the ready. There really is no excuse. I live right by a canal tow path, a bit tussocky but only dog-walkers will see me, the views are tranquil and calming and it’s only butterflies that get in the way.
Sarah Millican http://sarahmillican.co.uk/ (my coach of preference) instructed me to prepare by doing a 5 minute brisk walk. I can do that. Well at least, that’s what these trainers know how to do. Followed by a one minute gentle-jog-run-keep-it-slow. One minute right? That’s only 60 seconds, I can do anything for 60 seconds. The brisk walk went well. Ready, steady, go! One minute’s gentle run. I’d did it and I did 7 more too, interspersed with 90 second recovery walks, ending with a 5 minute cool down walk. I did it! I can’t quite believe it but I did it. One run in the bag and it’s recommended that I do 3 of these per week.
But… I am already thinking ahead and looking at the possible obstacles. If I do keep this up, and there is no reason why I shouldn’t, what happens when it is not a golden morning and the tussocks have turned to mud? Are there special trainers for that? What will I notice first from this exercise? What are the benefits? I want to become addicted to it, just like I was addicted to aerobics twenty years ago. And as the old adage says ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it!’ What words of encouragement and what advice have you got for me?
Oh, I forgot to mention, I am keeping this quiet as I don’t want to set my self up to fail 😉
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