Back again! I started running about this time last year, sweating and heaving my overweight carcass around the local common like Ivor the Engine, until I'd built up to 28 minutes continuous running. Was feeling pretty pleased with myself at the start of last summer...until I overdid it one day and it all went pear-shaped. It was hotter than usual and I didn't drink enough, and found myself seeing alot of black mist and almost met the ground rather suddenly.
It seriously rattled my confidence and I didn't run for a while - I did the occasional bike ride and only ran once more. Then life took over, as it does, and I haven't been running for months.
However...thanks to Weight Watchers I have shed 16 and a half pounds since December, and along with the spring weather my running shoes have come out of retirement! I went out yesterday to a fresh bit of common, and set out on a 1 min run/90secs walk routine. I found it easier than I expected - probably due to carrying less weight than I was last time - so I switched to 3 mins run/1 min walk. It was a breeze so I picked up speed and decided to keep running. Then I turned up a steep hill, decided I felt okay and ran all the way up - then it was all over, ha ha! I really should have listened to that little voice I heard at the bottom of the hill ("are you mad, you can't run up there yet you'll die").
So I arrived back at base at a much slower speed, feeling a tad sore but very motivated. I did all my stretches so I only ache a little bit today!
I'm pleased to be giving it another go, although my concern is that I have less time these days than I did a year ago. I may only be able to run at weekends, with maybe a short one mid-week at a push. How do you all fit it in? Any ideas as to how I can progress without training every day?
Nice to be back by the way!