I was so excited about doing my first C25K run this morning that I could hardly sleep. Seriously. I had to get up twice to pee and by 5:15 I was wide awake and ready to run… well, perhaps not quite ready to run. I was hungry and wanted some breakfast, which is unusual for me.
Anyway, I was too hungry to run so I decided to have something to eat. Apparently you’re not supposed to run right after eating. But that was fine because it was early. I could still be out and running before the proper runners were out and about.
I went out just before 7am and headed for the beach. It’s only five minutes away, so walking down there would be my warm up. It was a bit chilly and I could feel the cold air on my feet – I guess running shoes are supposed to do that – but on the whole it was a pretty nice morning for running.
As I headed for the sea, I had visions of myself sprinting along the promenade, with the sun on my skin, the breeze in my hair and the air beneath my feet. I would feel strong and powerful and free.
Unfortunately, as soon as I hit the seafront, the cool breeze turned into what seemed like a gale. I could barely even walk upright, never mind run, with the wind pounding my lungs as it tried to rip my cap from my head.
Luckily, there are some decent pavements around here, so I headed back up to the road to get some shelter from the wind and soon got into my stride.
On the whole, the run was pretty good. It wasn’t easy for someone like me who won’t even run to catch a bus never mind to get fit, but the fact that there was more walking than running at this stage made it bearable.
The best part though was probably the cool down. It felt good to have taken those first steps and, even with only a few minutes of actual running, the endorphins definitely made me feel good.
It’s early days, I know, but I could definitely get into this!
Are you doing C25K? How was your first run? Share your stories in the comments.