I’ve never been sporty or really interested in sports of any kind. At school, I was normally the last to be picked and when I was picked, I’d be put in goals, so never really did any running. I never won a medal at sports day, and apart from doing a few years of martial arts, I was never on any sports teams. (Apart from Pool, I’m good at Pool.)
In saying all that, I didn’t expect my first ‘run’ to be anything special, but I did expect to get further than the end of the road.
Using an app on my phone called Sports Tracker, it told me that I’d run a total of 0.25 of a mile before I had to walk for a bit. In total on my first time out, I managed a whole mile. This was a mixture of running for a minute or so and then walking for a minute or so until I got back home, knackered.
A few days later I went out again and managed a little bit further before I had to walk. Slight progress, but progress none the less! Even better, on my third time out I ran a full 0.5 of a mile before walking! Doesn’t sound much, but for me it was a lot!
Back at home, Tony (Father in Law and Ironman 2012 Lanzarote finisher) told me that he would come out running with me to keep his fitness up. On the first time we went out, we ran the entire mile without walking. Now, I’m not sure if thats due to my fitness improving or because I was motivated by having another person there running, but I did it.
At the minute I’m going out for a run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and recovering on weekends. It seems to be working quite well, I’m getting a bit better and quicker each time I go out. Last week, I was in an outlet shopping centre and bought some proper running shoes for a bargain price of £23.00. The last run I did was 1.2miles. The first time I wore my new trainers, I ran 1.7miles! Thats almost a 50% improvement, just by wearing the proper shoes.