It seems I've been absent from this thread - sorry
So how am I getting along..? Well, in the last week I've run 6.5 miles. This seems pretty dismal but it's been 4 occasions and split pretty evenly. I was running with the dog on Thursday evening though and he ran into my knee (right) and I semi-twisted it. So I'm resting it at the moment. Not running until Sunday and even then if it's still sore - I'm not running.
I'm finding my breathing is fine - I remember when I started a few weeks ago my lungs felt like they were on fire by the end of my first couple of jog/walks. But now I'm not even short of breath when I finish my 2 miles which is run with only one or two walking breaks of around 30 seconds to a minute.
Really the only problems I'm having are some minor aches and pains after running and each time it's a different thing. I'm making sure I warm up properly - I use the step machine for 20-30 mins (depends how I'm pushed for time) before I go out and I stretch after stepping but I still end up with aches and pains. The pains so far have encompassed obviously the knee pain from the bash with the dog, aching under right heel bone, outer muscle of lower right leg, inner muscle of lower right leg and minor shinsplints. The shinsplints aren't as bad as they were, in fact the left leg is fine and fine on recovery but I seem to get all these aches and pains on the right side for some reason. If anyone has any ideas why I'd be interested to hear them. (I did buy new shoes).
I decided to start doing some weight training at the gym because I saw a post from someone who mentioned that training the muscles helps with stability and reduces risk of injury - which makes perfect sense when you think about it. So I'm trying that. Did I mention, joined a gym too and went everyday this week - it's going to be a week day thing though because it's near work. Also might not be as regular the next two weeks - I'm on holidays so less gym time, more running time.
I abandoned the beginners schedule - I didn't feel like I was getting anywhere plus I was losing track of where I was upto. So I pushed the boat out early last week and ran for 20 mins in one stretch - which I've tried to maintain with more or less some degree of consistency even though I do end up doing different distances (less than a mile and half on one occasion). Also it isn't as easy to run with the dog as I first found - I think it's because I'm having less walking breaks so I've found I'm running and then taking the dog out for his walk when I've finished! So punishing myself with a 2 mile run and 3 mile walk
Diet-wise I've had some mishaps this week... in the form of cadbury's milk chocolate and crisps but on the whole not too bad I don't think although the weight hasn't shifted. I'm feeling fitter but there still isn't less of me
I think I'm doing okay. I'm not sure I'll be ready to run this 5K thing in September (8th) but I'll have a go and I'll probably end up walking most of it