I had been thinking about giving running a go for a while but, to be honest, never really thought it was for me. I used to run many years ago at school, but that was more because I could use it to escape from the other sports which I hated. When my wife first started doing the Couch to 5k plan I still thought “Nah, not for me”. But after a few weeks I started to get interested. Then, one Friday morning, thought “Why not give it a go.” After all, I didn’t have to carry on with it if I didn’t like it.
The first run comprised of alternating 60 seconds of running, with 90 seconds of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. My comments after the run were:
How come I can ride 60 miles on a bike, no problem. But a 60 second run nearly killed me!
Now, I know that I may not be super fit (and could do with dropping a few pounds) but I never realised that running could be so much more demanding than cycling. Yes, of course I knew that I would be using different muscle sets. But that wasn’t the problem. It was trying to keep breathing and running that was!
I guess the main difference is that the cycling I do is much more of an endurance event whereas those first runs seemed to be more like sprint cycling or riding up a hill. Or that’s my take on it anyway.
Suffice to say, I kept at it, trying to get out every other day if I could and finished the plan. I didn’t really have any firm ideas on what I was going to do next, so just kept bashing away with the 5k runs.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to push the distance a bit. My original aim was to just add another 1k. But as as I was running I decided to play the numbers game:
- Right, I’ll just go down to the bottom of this road and add another 1k
- So now I might as well complete the loop back up through East Beach.
- So now I’ll do another loop and that will take me to 8k.
- Right done that so keep pushing, do another loop, and go for the 10k
And there it was. My first 10k run in the bag! Not sure when I’ll do another 10k but one thing’s for sure, as sure as eggs is eggs, I’ll be doing another one and, hopefully, further.