Last weekend I decided it was pathetic that I couldn’t run five kilometres.
I don’t want to compete and I don’t want to be a good runner, but I don’t want to be pathetic.
I have tried running before, and not in a half-hearted way either. It didn’t work and I became disillusioned, fed up, and full of pathos.
This time I’m older, so it’ll be harder, but I’ll have technology on my side. I don’t have any bionic limbs or fabulous compression clothing to improve circulation but I do have an app. It’s an app that is similar to many that have taken lazy lumps from “Couch to 5K”.
I’m less than a week in, so how was it?
Well my first outing was with my children and I enjoyed their company but my running looked like the running of someone twice my age. There was post run aching too, but the whole thing was manageable.
My second outing was an inning. I ran and walked around the house unwilling to be seen in public. This was tolerable and the running was less lame.
My third outing followed the same route as the first and my running was more effective because I needed to add a loop to be able to schedule the interspersed walking and running perfectly timing my return to base at the end of the 30 minutes. It was a warm morning and I was horribly hot and sweaty when I got back home. It was all doable though.
My concern is that week two doubles the length go the running bits. I think that sounds like a bit too much for me and I might repeat week one. I’m not training for any particular event so I might as well work at a comfortable pace rather than risk trying too much too soon and failing.
Do I feel better? Not physically better but I do feel virtuous.