My road back to fitness, where's it headed...
To be honest, when I kicked this whole get fit thing off at the beginning of 2017 I had no real plan as to where it might head. To be honest, my first goal was just to be able to get off the sofa without doing that oooohhh, aaargh, my aching bones or getting out of breath running across the road.
Now, as I have documented in these posts, it has not been an easy road, I've gone from one muscular problem to another, and if I'm honest, I would have hoped to be further along the line, as I write this, than I am. But hey ho, that's the way it goes in life. You just have to deal with it or give up, and I don't do giving up. But, 'where am I going with all this?' has been my ever growing question over the last 6 months. My first goal initially was just to be able to run again. There really is no other feeling like being able to run, the sense of achievement when you push your boundaries, the exhilaration of moving under your own power. When I was a kid I seemed to run everywhere, it was a joy, we seem to forget that as we get older.
A goal I set myself in the early summer was to partake in the trail runs my boot camp coach runs. These range from 8k to 12k in distance, but take in a variety of terrains and hills, so there is no way I was going to go on one and be hobbling along at the back slowing everyone down or worse, getting lost in the countryside.
In the early months of training when my head still thought I was 10 or 20 years younger than I am, I expected this to happen quickly, with my next target a half marathon then onto a marathon. How wrong I was. My new aim, is to be trail running by February, everything else is up in the air. But it is fair to say I have consigned a full marathon to the maybe one day locker. Instead I've decided to focus on something more achievable, a half marathon. I have to say I'm amazed at the amount of half marathons there are out there, the world as they say is my oyster!
During my research for places to run I came across an extremely helpful site which is tagged below (halfmarathons.net). If you are in the US and want to run, but aren't interested in a full marathon, or just like to get some extra training miles in for a marathon goal, then this site is a great resource.
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