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ok long story but id be grateful for any help/advice. i have posted a couple of times but am putting my whole story here in one place.
last year i began to lose weight as i was pushing 20 stone and very unhealthy. i am currently at approx 15 stone and want to lose another 3. i have done this by diet alone, no exercise at all.
even at my biggest i was physically active to an extent, i dive every year and hhave climbed mount sinai in egypt and sigiriya (big old volcano) in sri lanka, with little difficulty.
as a teenager i could run and run all day, and played football to a high standard etc. i then discovered kebabs, beer and curry, which was nice but i now paying for!
i was looking for a sponsored event to raise money for charity, and came across the sierra leone marathon. i isntantly knew it was something i wanted to do. i am aiming to run it next year (it is being held in either april/may or october/november the organisers havent decided yet)
i did my first run last week, and have done 4 nights (roughly every other night) i havent broken any world records, or any bones, so thats ok so far. i bought some decent mizuno trainers after being filmed in a sweatshop store on a treadmill and taking their advice etc and am confident these are good for me.
i have been going out walking then doing bursts of running, maybe only 2 mins of running as i havetn done any real exercise for years, but on average 6 bursts in a 40 min period of being out. i know this is nowhere near neough obviously but am in the early days. i am suffering a bit of pain in my shins still and my knees are feeling it a bit. i had osgood schlatters (sp?) althought this was a self diagnosis as a teen and never dealt with mecically. is it worth me seeing a gp or is there naything i can buy to help support my shin/knee? or shoudl i just let the exercise sort it over time?
am i totally mad to think i could run a marathon next year having started in such an unhealthy state? i have the willpower though so if i can physically do it, i will do it. i know a response may be do it somewhere cooler, but i actually like heat, i have been to far hotter places in africa/asia and never had an issue with the temp, yes, ive never run a marathon but i am sure i can cope with the heat.
my rough plane is to do a 5km race at the end of next month, a 10km/10m in august/september/october, a half martahon next feb ish roughly as well as a training plan of roughly every other night (prob follwiing the couch to 5k, then 10k, then find a marathon training guide after 10k)
does any of this sound insane? or doable/realistic? i know swimming may help with the shins but its not really an option with my other commitments due to where i live etc, i run at night which i am fine with as i never sleep early anyway.
any tips/help greatly appreciated, and a bit of a longshot but if anyone lives in market weighton east yorks get on touch would be good to have some local people to run with! or after i guess in my current state!