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Epiphany

A couple of posts ago, you’ll have seen that I started running. I imagine most people read that post with a high degree of scepticism, because I didn’t exactly ooze enthusiasm for the activity. Hell, even I was a bit unsure as to whether I’d manage it so I totally understand your misgivings. They were well founded. You probably thought I was making a slightly late New Year resolution.

It will surprise you, then, to learn that this evening I completed my eighth week and am now running approximately seven kilometres per session, three times a week - and whilst you’re picking yourself up from the floor with surprise, I’ll be brutally honest and say that whilst each session still feels like a slog, it is getting easier.

That’s not to say that I’m running in a Chariots of Fire style yet. Tonight, I’ve come in with blisters on my feet, a sore right leg and the overwhelming urge to defecate. It has to be said that peristaltic action is an absolute bugger. Short or an enema or stomach pump, I’m not entirely sure how to combat that yet. And don’t even get me started on the infamous “runners high”. That, dear reader, is complete arse - unless you’re off your head on an illicit, performance-enhancing substance.

Nonetheless, the entire exercise (if you’ll pardon the pun) has paid off. I started losing weight before Christmas and this has only helped. At the time of writing, I’ve lost sixteen pounds. A pound or two comes off each week, something I’m just fine with. It’s not a crash weight-loss and it’s consistent. It’ll also mean that by the time May comes around, I should’ve lost enough weight to make significant difference. It’s improved my recovery after prolonged jujitsu spells, if nothing else.

To keep me going I’ve been using a wide variety of music and two iOS apps, namely the Zombies, Run! games. The structured programme has worked really well, allowing me to manage an occasional extra session on top of my regular three per week, leg muscles permitting. I’ve not been brave enough to try the full on “chase mode” a go yet, but I might give it a go in the next week or two. Hopefully, I shan’t be devoured by undead hordes.

This means I’ve now graduated from complete novice and hope to maintain my stamina. My next aim is to either cover more distance in the same time, or cover 5K quicker. Hopefully, the weight loss will continue and I’ll report back before the big day in May to keep you up to date on my progress.
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