It’s Been A While…

It’s been a while since I last posted, or ran for that matter, so I hope you are all doing well.

Despite my best efforts to keep training over the last twelve months, things came to a bit of a standstill… literally. There are too many reasons to go into and it’s not that interesting anyway, so the short story is that I needed a break. A complete and total break from running… and I feel much better for it.

Now though, with a new year approaching, I made the decision to start up again – the training, the blog and the whole getting fit thing. So tonight when I got home from work, I decided to dust of the old treadmill (and yes, there was a lot of dust!) and see how it felt to have a bit of a run. And it was only a ‘bit’ of a run.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my treadmill doesn’t work in either miles or kilometres, but somewhere in between, so for the purposes of tracking progress, I’ll refer to the distance as TMUs (treadmill units).

I decided that I wanted to cover at least a mile so I knew that 1.6 TMUs would be enough and set off at a good steady walking pace and then had a go at a bit of a jog to see how it felt. Surprisingly, it didn’t feel too bad but I didn’t want to risk aggravating the old injury so I went back down to a walk to finish.

In the end, I covered the 1.6 in 18:49 so I was happy with that for now.

At this stage it really is just about testing the injury and building up strength, so I plan to mix things up with a bit of work on the exercise bike, treadmill and maybe some nice long walks if the weather permits. Then, all being well, I’ll look at starting a 5K program in the new year.

How has your running been going this year? Please share your thoughts in the comments.