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I don't usually post on forums, but I'm a habitual lurker - a kind of forum curtain twitcher, you will. However, having (like so many others) decided it was time for change, I took up running as a form of exercise about five weeks ago.
I started slowly, run for one minute, walk for two, but I quickly developed. A few jogs outside, a few on the treadmill in the basic, but free, gym we have at work and I discovered that I could jog further than I thought I could. From very tentative early steps in August, I can run 5k in 30 minutes flat (hardly record breaking, but I was delighted), and today I ran beyond four miles and felt I could carry on, though work commitments put paid to my expanding mileage.
If I'm honest, I've always hated running. Found it dull, didn't understand how people could plod around, seemingly aimlessly, in all manner of conditions, but I apologise unreservedly. I absolutely love it. I genuinely look forward to my next run (Sunday, can't wait!). I've read loads about nutrition and I've made changes to my diet - without feeling like I'm starving myself - and I feel great. Oh, and I've lost over a stone.
I think I've turned a corner and I hope it's not a fad. It can't be now, right? I've normally lost interest after a few weeks, but I'm still gleefully mapping future runs, I use my Polar FT60 HRM religiously and the free Nike+ running app for iPhone is great, too.
Is it love? I think it might be. We're still in the honeymoon stage, but me and running just may be soul mates.
Sorry for the long post, but I couldn't help myself. Did anyone else hit a point of no return so early in their running 'career'?
Oh, by the way, my name's Jae. Nice to meet you...