I know all runners before me have done it, and yes I thought that by keeping on my RW subscription it would portray the elite cat like physique building capability I want.
But lets face it since the 99 London Marathon I have'nt done a thing about getting back into running. I kid myself that I play football once a week (yeah! I'm a goalie) and I belong to a gym (Yeah you guessed - I don't even go there either). Hence this "new thread posting".
My story in brief - entered marathon lottery july 98', got in and thought Ah hah - I'll start training after Chrimbo'. Started RW's excellent training schedule but (and it still amazes me to this day) genuinely expected to follow the sub 4 training programme and get round in sub 4. The odd minor strain and flu bug later, the big day came and true to twittish form I got to 13m mark in sub 2 hours ("what a geezer""piece of cake " were my thoughts). 18 mile mark came and DOH! the most excruciating pain ran through my left foot, with what I can only describe as "I've just stepped on a soldering iron on full tilt" feeling - the last 8 miles took 2.5hrs
Being honest my foot was better some 6 months later although I have used it ever since as an excuse not to get back into running. This despite my fondest memories of feeling the fittest and most confident about my self ever in the run up to the marathon.
Why then has it taken me best part of 2.5 years to realise that I should get on with it instead of thinking about it.
Without fail tonight I am going to start an 8 week run/walk programme that will take me up to my initial target of 30 mins constant jog at "easy" pace.
I just wanted to send you a note so that I can keep you updated of my progress and failings.
Oh - I forgot to add - that I want to stop smoking cigars and have a more or less guaranteed slot (via charity) in next years London Marathon - I don't learn do I.
Has anyone got any words of wisdom, support or can they share a similar declaration.