What a beautiful morning for my first run! A cool breeze blowing, not a cloud in the sky and the warm sun on my skin.
I haven't run in months. Normally I decide to go for a run, sprint to the end of the road, stop, feel like I am about to pass out from a lack of oxegyn, turn around and stumble back home. My pathetic experience means I usually don't run again for another couple of months at least and then by the time I think I'll give it a go again, I am back at square one and struggling for breath.
I love the idea of running - packing my running shoes when I go on holiday, or joining friends for a gentle run on a Sunday afternoon, and I would LOVE to run a race, a half marathon idealy. But the reality is, I just dont like running all that much.
After reading about CurlyJ's running programme that she is following, From Couch to 5km, on her blog Running from Cupcakes, I decided to have a look at the programme and see if I could motivate myself to put my running shoes on and have a go. I found a fantastic free podcast at the iTunes store by a guy called Robert Ullrey which takes you through the programme, week by week. The aim is to be running 5kms after 9 weeks of training and the idea is to run 3 times a week, using interval training to build your fitness up.
My run was fantastic. Okay, so I didn't run solidly for the 30mins I was out for, but I worked really hard and being able to listen to instructions on when to walk and when to run on my iPod was really helpful. By the end of the 30mins I had worked up quite a sweat and was pretty pooped! But whats more, I was excited about the idea of going out again next week!
A big thank you to CurlyJ, and Robert Ullrey for getting me up off my seat and out into the sunshine.