Starting to run became a reality today. After a visit to a jumble sale this morning, the children were doing their own thing and Himself was slumbering on the sofa. So having talked about possibly starting running this year to improve my physical and quite possibly my mental wellbeing too, I actually went out for a run this afternoon.
In the past I have fancied trying running. One barrier to this is that I was rubbish at P.E. lessons at school and picked on for being a slow runner by teachers as well as pupils. Another is that as I carry too much weight, I fear being made of when out and about jogging.
However, it is important to challenge self-imposed limitations whatever their roots. I have a private road here so can pretty much guarantee nobody will see me as I start my running journey.
I went out in a normal outfit because I don’t have any special running gear. It is freezing cold so I had to push myself out of the door. I bumped into a neighbour but I did not let that stop me. As soon as I was out of her view, I started to run. At first, I actually had to ask myself how to do it. I started tentatively and noticed how the world moves about more when you are running. It made me feel a bit dizzy at first but only for a few seconds until I got used to it. I kept going and found myself wanting to go a little faster. I got to the end of the road and then took a break. I felt mildly nauseous but again not too bad.
Should I walk home or run? After all, I am just starting to run! I decided to keep running but found it harder now as my heart was racing. I took a couple of breaks on the way back but only for about a minute or so.
I came into the house and a half-awake husband asked what I had been doing. When I told him, I got the super high-praise of “Nice one””. He then went back to sleep so I went on social media to try and access some more positive support. Then I started this blog because I want to remember these challenging days so I can look back and enjoy them when I find running so much easier. Presumably my fitness levels will build up and it will get easier. I did quite enjoy it which surprised me. As with many things, I can do this one baby step at a time.
Have you got any tips for someone who is a newbie and just starting to run?