|Diary of a Reluctant Runner|
Week 2 ...where I begin to start running
I am not a natural runner. I guess there is such a thing though because
some people make it look so easy, but for me, it's hard - very hard.
BUT despite all that I haven't thrown in the towel. I vowed to take this slowly, I want to get fit and it won't happen overnight - so it literally is one step at a time.
My 'training' this week has consisted of a rather mixed bag.
I have been running round the block and at the park (well what I mean is a slow jog for 2 minutes, walk 1 minute), as well as some cycling and swimming.
I have involved my 10 year son in my training - to get him off the computer for one thing. He has the stopwatch and blows a whistle to switch me between running and walking.
As a reluctant and currently rather self-conscious 'runner' I find it helps to have someone with me - even if my youthful 'personal trainer' can't quite believe how slow I am.
It's not mega but it is probably more exercise in a week than I have done in the last year.
So that's an achievement I should feel proud of - isn't it?
Last Wednesday I also joined the very friendly and encouraging Ealing Eagles beginners group in Walpole Park.
After a few necessary warm-ups we split into two groups - more experienced beginners, and beginners. You can guess where I was.
We did a few circuits around the park, I walked bits because I find I get very out of breath but did manage to get round.
I shall be heading out to train with them again tonight - I'm told it gets easier - I really hope so and can't wait to report that it is.
Stop Press: I ran for 15 minutes without stopping (or collapsing) last night - totally amazed myself.
Thanks go to the enthusiastic team of Ealing Eagles who got me round Walpole Park.
Onward and upward!
17th May 2012