I was never much of a runner, but I developed a bit of a running habit in my 40’s and used to enjoy trotting through the country lanes for about 10 miles. I’d occasionally pop it up to the 13.1 miles of a half-marathon, and even once entered the Paddock Wood Half Marathon on a whim and completed in 1hr 53mins. So certainly not a proper runner.
Then I fell out of the habit. I was having a problem with sciatic pain and decided to give it a rest. The sciatica has long since cleared up, and it felt like time to get out again. I gave up my gym membership a couple of years ago too so my main exercise for the past couple of years has been yoga, ballroom dancing (which is more exercise than you realise when you do it for 4 hours at a time) and of course giving Thai massage and working the allotment are exercise too.
I bought my first pair of Asics Men’s Gel Nimbus running shoes at a branch of Sweatshop. It was the Mk 2, that shoe is now on the Mk 16 and they put out one a year so I suppose it was 13 or 14 years ago. I was having trouble with a pair of Reebok shoes I had bought and they gave me some good advice on selecting a suitable shoe, got me to run around their in-store track. I’ve bought the same shoe every time since, sometimes visiting and sometimes from their online store. Sure enough, when I was there last week I got the latest ones.
So last weekend I went out for a run. Just through the top part of Tonbridge and out to Barden Lake, once round the lake and home. Oh dear oh dear! I reckon it comes to 6.3km (3.9 miles) and it took me about 50 minutes, I only just managed to keep going. The following day I could feel the soreness in my legs, and it lasted a couple more days. I was learning that lesson again: all exercise is specific – you can do what you train for.
Yesterday, one week later, out I go again. This time I managed two circuits round the lake, which is 7.6km or 4.7 miles, and just about made it home without resorting to a walk. When I checked the timing it was 50 minutes, so without realising it I was faster. I did feel dreadful when I got home but this morning there’s no soreness. The human body is just amazing. One week and I’m already adapting. Well let’s hope so.