My crazy friend from Trinidad managed to rope me into the DHL 5km relay in Copenhagen in early September. Now, I am not a runner. I’m a bit overweight and the only exercise I do is approx. 4km cycling per day to and from my house to the railway station and approx 3km walking to and from the other railway station to the office. So I accepted the challenge just to see if I could push myself and to see if I could actually do it.
I started running last Monday, and boy was I in for a shock! The plan was to run for approximately a mile around the block from my house just to see what it felt like. Turns out that I was getting tremendous back and calf pains to the point where I had to keep stopping and walking because it got too much. I put it down to the fact that I hadn’t run for over 10 years, so I must be not used to it…
My second run was on Wednesday, and after talking with a colleague who advised me to run and walk around the circuit and build myself up to the level required, I did the same circuit. My lower back was still killing me and my calves were on fire. Now, I’m wearing cheapskate shoes when I run, so I decided to try and run up and down the street afterwards in some other comfy walking sneakers I have.
What a difference they made! Even though my back was still hurting, I could feel a difference straight away. I told my mate from Trinidad who said that for him, good running shoes were very important and he also suggested that I do some extra stretching before I start running to help with the pains.
So this weekend I went to my local sports shop, tried some decent shoes (and bought them), and did loads of stretches before my run today.
And guess what? I am happy to tell you that I had no back pain and my calves only hurt towards the very end of the run. I ran the circuit in just over 8 minutes and I felt so good for it! I’m really happy that I can do it and I have had a real energy buzz all day – I am really starting to enjoy it, which really surprises me as I used to hate running!
So what’s the plan for this week? Well, I will definitely have to increase the distance in order to be able to run 5km in September, but I don’t know how much further just yet 😉 Also, I plan to try a few new routes and see how they feel. I am going to keep a diary and tell you how I get along…
One thing is for sure, this will be an interesting experience and a challenge which really excites me 😀