For a while now I had been talking about taking up running again. Various “reasons” (read excuses!) prevented me from actually getting out there – many of you will probably recognise some of them.
Not enough time on work-days, well I do already get up before six and we often don’t get home until after seven or even later.
We live near the top of a steep hill which means that whichever way I go it will involve running up hill eventually – quite a challenge for an out-of-condition 50-something to take on.
The wrong shoes,
No suitable clothes,
and, well, you get the picture.
Then my daughter was chosen to be an Ambassador for #ThisGirlCanSuffolk – a directive in Suffolk to get ladies off the couch and taking part in some form of physical activity – and she has been so determined I found myself somewhat humbled!
So, we were back in the UK a few weeks ago and an opportunity to call into a sport shop presented itself. My grand-daughter came with me and she chose me a lovely pair of purple (her favourite colour at the moment) running shoes and I bought some shorts and decent socks. My excuses were diminishing!
Back home I started looking at various websites offering advice about getting back into running and made a few mental notes regarding the “walk a bit, run a bit” method.
Finally, on a glorious Saturday morning, I decided to go for it! To try and combat the inevitable hill I walked for the first minute and a half up to the end of the housing where the countryside begins. Then I began my jogging (can’t really call it running yet!) I managed 6 and a bit minutes before I had to stop to get my breath, I continued in a similar vein until I had completed 30 minutes and was quietly pleased that I had achieved a little over 4 km.
I have been out 3 more times since (once at 5:45am on a work day!) the last yesterday morning and I am now managing 5 km in around 27 – 28 minutes – so a small improvement already.
A friend has since asked me to take part in the Málaga half-marathon early next year – now there’s a challenge! I have never run that distance before – but this is now my goal.
I better start working on my own high-protein meal plans – happy to share when I do.
Bye for now.