First Week Round-Up

If the next 9 weeks go by as quickly as this one has then I’m gonna blink and it’ll be race day!

I’ve always been fairly on top of my fitness but as a runner, I am a complete beginner. When deciding whether this was really a good idea, I had to tell myself that if I could run around the athletics track in Year 11 to warm up before a PE lesson then surely I can still do that much and work up to this 10k. The fact that that was 5 years ago is but a minor hitch!

Despite my nerves, I’ve done 3 runs this week, and I am so proud of myself.

Run the First

I got home from uni last Monday (before posting the first blog about this – I wanted to make sure there was some chance of this happening before I committed online!) and before I could change my mind, I put on my trainers and headed back out the front door. Opposite my house in Brighton, there’s a little cul de sac so I decided to head in there and give this running a go. The residents probably thought I was staking the place out for a burglary; there’s not far to go in a cul de sac other than round in a circle! I was out for maybe 10 minutes and I didn’t even run for all of that, it was part walking. But the first step is the hardest to take and that’s the one I knew I needed to get on with. I just wanted to see what, if anything, I was starting with.

Run the Second

The second attempt had a bit more structure to it. On Thursday afternoon, I went to the Gym and got myself on the treadmill. One of the reasons I’ve never done much running is because of a problem with my left knee where my patella (knee cap) doesn’t track in a straight line, as it should. Basically, I’m wonky. It’s been okay for a couple of years but when it was at its worst, the impact of running was unbearable and I got into the habit of using the cross-trainer instead. It’s been my best friend for cardio ever since. Alas, when gearing up for a 10k, one must make amends with the treadmill. So, on I hopped, and started with a walk to warm up. I’d checked out some of the advice on the Vitality London 10,000 website and there’s a beginners 10 week plan on there which I’m using for inspiration. Interspersing running with walking is the main gist of that, so I experimented with my own little routine, which ended up as follows:

5 minutes walking (to warm up)

3 minutes running

2 minutes walking

3 minutes running

4 minutes walking (Guess where I started to get tired!)

3 minutes running

5 minutes walking (to cool down)

A total of 9 minutes running out of 25 doesn’t sound like much, but for me, it felt like a massive win! I did a little bit of weight training after that, and headed home feeling victorious.

And what did I do the very next morning? I got up and went to the gym again (don’t get carried away, it was 11am – I am still a student!). I did the same thing but managed to push myself a little bit. The second set of 3 minutes became 3.5 and the third became 4 minutes. That’s a minute and a half increase!

I took the weekend off to let my body recover and tomorrow I intend to be back at it. Week 2, let’s be ‘aving ya!

I have no shame about taking gym selfies!

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