Run Fatboy Run!
The title is actually a film with Simon Pegg. I recorded it yesterday to watch but I thought the title quite appropriate.
Yesterday was a bit of a milestone in my Running. Just under 7 weeks ago I ran my first continuous 1.5 miles. Yesterday I ran a very comfortable 5 miles, earlier in the week I had run two 6 milers and some shorter runs. So in 7 short weeks I have gone from 1.5 miles to 6 miles. Obviously I had the aerobic base that my swimming and walking had given me. I am still though a 239 pound man who in 7 weeks is now running up to 6 miles over variable terrain able to consistently hit 12 minute miles. I don’t like to blow my own trumpet but to me that sounds quite impressive.
Anyway back to my first sentence. Yesterday was a milestone it was my first run in a specific Running top. Doesn’t sound like much but I cannot understate the difference. I have been running in old T shirts so I come home drenched in sweat while running your shirt gets heavier and on longer runs it just gets plain annoying and the seams can rub and make certain areas sore.
Anyway my wonderful wife was looking on Animal aid an organisation we whole heartily support and they had a sale on some of their running tops. Next thing I know by the magic of the Royal Mail one is on it’s way to me. So yesterday was the first time wearing it. I’ve always been suspicious of tops with no arms but now I get them. Yesterday was not a warm day around 9 degrees centigrade windy and showery so I felt a bit weird going out in a sleeveless top when people were out walking in rain coats. However after 5 minutes I was warm the lack of arms made me cool a lot quicker and the material the top was made of didn’t hold heavy water from either sweat or the showers I was running through. It made my run so much more comfortable. All I can say this will be the first of many tops (finances allowing).
So after my 7 weeks of ‘proper running’ what have I learned. Well I’ve learned that I can run also I believe it about 60 to 70 percent mental strength. The strength not to stop to push on those few extra metres to add distance. Running down a hill can be surprisingly harder than running up one. Running has also made more obvious physical changes in my body than any other exercise I’ve done in such a short time.
I think the thing I’m loving about it is the simplicity you just pop some shoes on and open the door and go. Anyone can do it. Some activities involve special equipment and gyms etc what other exercise can you just have some shoes (other clothes optional depending on the laws of your country!!!) open your front door and go.
So this week I ran 23 miles and enjoyed it. For the next month I’m hoping to hit 100 miles (so 25 a week) but I also want to bring my swimming back in so maybe pushing it a bit to get that distance but we’ll see. No matter what though I can guarantee that Running will be a major part of the month.