Hi, I'm new here and not only new to running but new to exercise in general. I warn you this first post may be a bit of a blog but I want to get some opinions on if I am pushing too hard or not enough and if my intended goals are realistic or not.
I'm a 36 year old male who hasn't exercised or played active sports in 15 years or so. I'm not overweight, I've never smoked and I only drink occasionally. My diet is very average, not horrendous but not healthy either if that makes sense. I'm not at all fit but I think it's a reasonable base to start from.
A few weeks back I started noticing a fair few old friends on Facebook posting about doing 10k runs, half marathons and even 1 training for a marathon. Seeing as most of these people are the last people I ever expected to be doing this it really inspired me to get off the sofa. My dream goal is to run a marathon in the next 18-24 months, just for the achievement if I am honest.
So I spoke to a mate who is regular runner and the next day I went out and bought a pair of running shoes. Nothing fancy because I didn't want to waste too much money on something I may get bored of or hate. They are just a pair of Adidas Litestrike Adiprene and will do for now.
So anyway that was nearly 4 weeks ago and I think I am getting the bug.
So first time out I planned on running 1 mile as fast as I felt I could, no warm up, no cool down, no stretching after all it was only a little mile... Yes I'm an idiot. I did it in 9:06, so no records broken. I ran flat out, no walking. I was exhausted, but to be honest I was pretty pleased with myself. Next day I was a little stiff, the day after that I could hardly move!
By the third day the stiffness had pretty much gone, so I looked up some stretches, got what was maybe bad advice and I stretched before and after the run. I ran 2k/1.26 miles but that had bits of walking in there, it was much harder than the first run. My first mile was 8:32 though which was better in general. Again though I felt pretty good and because of the stretching I had virtually no soreness in the following days. I did suffer side stitches quite a lot on this run though so I had a bit of a nosey around the web and read up on breathing properly etc.
2 days later, 1.7 miles, a little slower mile speed of 8:47, no stitches and this time I took some water with me, not to replace fluids or anything just because I noticed my mouth got very sticky and horrible when running and there's no way I was going to be spitting on the streets, it was just to refresh my mouth and it helped.