I’ve been talking for some time about doing something for charity, a long bike ride, a virtual row around Britain, something to raise money for either the British Heart Foundation or some form of cancer care, however I’ve always talked about it and never really followed through.
My friend Dave Morrow kept talking about how I should try running, and slowly, over time, circumstances colluded. My bike, my second favourite form of exercise, is broken and while it is I’m piling on weight, a colleague, similar build to me, trained and ran a 10k, and then Dave sent me a training programme for a marathon.
I won’t give you the full programme here but let me show you the opening. Now bear in mind that I’m not a runner, and in fact I’ve never really run. The most I’ve done is when I’m drunk and love to try and beat people at sprinting…yeah, I don’t know why either, I’m drunk!
Apart from that I have a heart condition, although it’s never really affected me when I’ve raced cross country on my mountain bike or trained for a while with a serious body builder, I’m starting to get on, and as I said so is the middle aged spread.
So I looked at this training and couldn’t really get excited, here’s the first stage:
Week Beginning 1st June 2009 (5K training – 3 runs a week)
Three sessions per week. Jogging at a VERY EASY level- hardly above walking pace.
Week 1 Run one min, walk 90 seconds. Repeat eight times. Do three times a week.
Week 2 Run two mins, walk one min. Repeat seven times. Do three times a week.
Week 3 Run three mins walk one mins. Repeat six times. Do three times a week.
Week 4 Run five mins, walk two mins. Repeat four times. Do three times a week.
Week 5 Run eight mins, walk two mins. Repeat three times. Do three times a week.
Week 6 Run 12 mins, walk one min. Repeat three times. Do three times a week.
Week 7 Run 15 mins, walk one min, Run fifteen mins. Do three times a week
Week 8 Run 30 mins continuously/5K
That didn’t sound exciting to me, especially when you consider that I don’t really like exercise without a point, i.e. going somewhere to do something unless it’s on a bike or rowing machine – don’t ask me why, I have no idea.
Then, one weekend, it almost came out of the blue, “shall we go for a run tomorrow?” The surprising thing was that we both said yes, and so we did.
I’ve no idea how long this is going to go on for but we’re giving it a go, and while we do I’m going to try out a few ways of tracking my progress using my GPS enabled mobile phone and some websites.
So if you fancy it, come along for the ride.