Some may call this a post-Olympics afterglow fad *coughMrFlocough*, but I have decided to start running.
Having poured over a plethora of websites, the most advocated way seems to be variations on the 'Couch to 5k' 8 week plan; three training sessions a week designed to gradually build up stamina and increase running capacity with teh end result supposedly being the ability to run 5k without stopping.
So I decided to go with the plan Running Bug and competed my first session this morning - 20 minutes of run/walk in 1 and 2 minute phases accordingly. I'm 38, 5'7'' and maybe 20llbs overweight but not too bad for my age. I used to teach dance (about 6 classes a week) and figured I did have some kind of fitness level. I started out ok but the last 3 minute combo of run/walk was HELL and I was practically crawling back up the street. My legs felt like lead and my shins were burning.
So is this even possible? Does it get easier or is this some crackpot scheme that's totally impossible. What do the FSU running guru's advise? And how do I keep up my motivation?
Also I am quite injury-prone and am the veteran of two calf tears and a recurring sacro-illiac sprain, so I am concerned that I'm heading for more of the same. I bought good running shoes and had my gait measured etc. The shoes felt fine. There isn't a lot of grass nearby so I have to do most of the running on pavements etc.
So any advice, criticism, inspirational stories of going from couch potato to marathon runner? Post 'em here