I'm the most unlikely person to take up running. Not because I'm not sporty, (I'm actually pretty good at sports), but just because I find it so dull. If I get bored of something, I give up. My heart's not in it, I'm not putting in the effort and I'm generally just wasting my time. I will happily do any other form of exercise, but running. It's never been on the top of my list.
I used to avoid running like the plague because I thought I was horribly unfit, which of course I was. Fed up with being a bit puffed out, I worked really hard on getting my fitness up, but no matter what, was still breathless. Turn's out I have quite bad asthma. Huh. Armed with an inhaler, I did my normal gym circuit again but without any breathlessness at all and a bucket-load more of energy and enthusiasm. This got me thinking. Running is one of those things I've never been able to conquer, and if I'm being truthful, that has really annoyed me. I'm the type of person does things just because their is a barrier in the way, just to prove you can do it. way back in summer I decided I wanted to run (see here). Along with the lovely Cat, I signed up to the Manchester 10K. And promptly after, found out my 'heeled' ankle wasn't actually heeled and needed intense physio. Great timing as always. Now that I've been discharged from physio, I'm determined to run. I still have time to train and even if I have to walk small sections of it, its going to happen. My fitness isn't rock bottom, but it isn't at its best, but if I keep waiting for the right time it will never happen. I'm going to see what all this fuss about running is about.
So this post is a some-what rambling introduction to a new series that will be popping up. Once every two weeks I'm going to update you lovely people on how I'm doing on the running front, starting right at the bottom, and hopefully, working my way up. I'm going to be completely honest about what I've been doing and how I'm feeling. Who knows, I might even motivate some of you to get your trainers on. What I will need though is lot's of motivation! So to start with, if you run, what are your best tips for complete beginners?
Wish me luck!