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I am a 38 year old bloke who has pretty much spent his twenties and thirtys abusing his body. I was a 25-30 a day smoker from the age of 17 to the age of 33. I pretty much spent the remainder of my 30s increasing my alcohol intake to the point that I was drinking a bottle of wine a night and had reached a weight of 15 1/2 stone. I am 5 ft 11 incidentally. My exercise regime was sporadic the odd game of 5 aside and the occassional visit to the gym when the guilt got the better of me.
Around the beginning of August this year I decided to start running regularly. I loved to run when I was in my late teens and have always wanted to run a marathon at some time. However my initial goal was to have that feeling again, the feeling I had as a teenager of just going for a run because I fancied a run... No significant pain or discomfort and to be able to leave the house and manage a route without the embarrassment of walking home with all the running gear on.
The previous 3 months have been amazing. I got into a routine and stuck to it throughout August. I joined a running group and my miles increased significantly overnight going from running 9 miles a week to the point that I was doing 20 miles a week. Thankfully no injuries came and I have made some really pleasing progress. I entered my first 10k at the end of september and hoped to complete in under 55 mins although i was really unsure if this was possible. I was delighted to finish in a time of 51:38... I continued with the 20 miles per week and have felt that I have been growing in strength. Entered another 10k last week and set the target of a sub 50 minute time and was delighted to finish in a time of 48:19....
I worked hard to make this time, got myself to a strong pace and managed to hold it.. According to the garmin my heart rate stayed between 180-190 the full 10k... Not sure what this says about my heart or fitness, but it was tough work.
I am ultimately working to completing the longer distances. I want to manage a sub 1:50 half marathon, hopefully next year. And would love to do a sub 4 hr marathon, which terrifies me.. I have so much respect for the marathon now that I have upped my mileage. We do 12 miles with the running club some sundays so I know it will be tough physically and mentally.
I thought i would post here to get some tips and inspiration .