In my series of ‘Love in the Time of Corona’ posts, today I have to record a momentous occasion for posterity…
For the first time in decades I went out for a run, (with the possible exception of being late for a train…)!!!
This shocking revelation has come about because I am left with little alternative. You see, exercise for me usually involves:
1) Walking groups = now cancelled;
2) Swimming = yup – cancelled;
3) Yoga = cancelled, yet again. Gah!!!
Now I’ve done a bit of running over the years… But it’s really my thing… Far too much like hard work… Too, um, heavy on the knees… Nope – I’m not one of those kick ass, slender sporty types I often drive by (sitting in my hermetically sealed car), I observe smugly pounding pavements in the latest designer trainers.
That being said, in these Corona crazy times I feel I have not only to do SOMETHING to keep myself healthy, but I’ve got to up my game to stay active and healthy.
Blimey… If you know me… times are – most definitely and shockingly – a-changing..!
So I’ve figured out the Couch to 5K App. I’d downloaded it to my mobile eons ago, then ignored it. Why I’d downloaded it, I can’t imagine. I have to say that I associate running with being seriously sporty, whereas I do what I do, in a personal, lazy, ‘I’ll only do what I wanna’ sort of way… Running it has to be said, is not what I ever wanna do…
Yet I opened the App and read the instructions. I didn’t understand them all, so I googled some questions and figured it out. Yep – I know! Check ME out with my fancy smancy technical know how…
And so the moment (to run) came and then it went. It went because instead of running, I procrastinated – a lot (including spending precious minutes online browsing – thinking, that if I MUST do this crazy thing, that I must buy trendy trainers and all the kick ass sporty gear).
But then I shutdown the shopping Apps and started up the music App. I clicked headphones into my phone and plugged the phone into my ears. And I just, well… started! I tapped the App and started moving – just one foot in front of the other, one at a time…
The Couch to 5K App comes highly recommended and I can now see why – it (in the guise of a celebrity voice) coaches you and supports you through each, short stage. I chose the voice of Sarah Millican, who talked me through a warm up walk; then to run for a minute; then walk briskly for a further 1.5 minutes, and so on.
Oh my god… The first minute was AWFUL… I cannot lie – I felt heavy, wheezy and old!
But I kept going. I smiled to myself (a deliberate physiological ‘trick’ to signal to the body that I was happy); I looked at the scenery; and I just I kept going…
Then I realised I wasn’t even thinking about the fact that I was RUNNING! Yes… I was actually running!!!
So check me out, world… Running down a country lane, in trackies and trainers (found lanquishing at the back of a wardrobe)… Kick ass sporty type that I (now, suddenly) am…
Whilst keeping a safe social distance from those I encountered along the way, I acknowledged everyone – to be met with smiles, or ignored, or avoided, or regarded with a worrying air of bewilderment (may be as a 50 something newbie jogger, I just looked weird, instead of ‘kick ass’…).
Suddenly it was time to stop. And that was my first run, in the bag, done, at 30 minutes. That achieved, I stopped briefly to take a selfie for posterity / public record, then kept on walking for another 30 minutes. And if you are not impressed by that, I need to you to know that it means that I am basically awesome.
So are here are the comparison pics:
1) Before – Judging myself for looking old, ugly and sickly.
2) After – Not caring how I look, but feeling blimmin proud of myself.
So if I can do it – may be you can too…???
Or maybe there is something else you can try. For example there are several online celebrities / exercise gurus currently offering their programmes for free, including:
- Sam Heughan – dreamboat, star of Outlander and proprietor of My Peak Challenge and
- Davina McCall – presenter and do-gooding DVD’er.
Warning: I’m gonna climb onto my soap box now:
To have the best chance of staying healthy, we need to be active. We should do regular exercise in a way that works for us. If we have the physical capability – now is the time to not only stretch our boundaries, but run towards them and leap over the damn things!!
We don’t need to be kick ass lycra clad atheletes, but let’s kick the ass out of this crazy Coronavirus and give it as little chance as possible of kicking us to the curb.
OK, OK… I’m clambering off the soap box and making my way back over to the sofa.
Might just smugly jog by you on another day, though…