Any of you who have seen me in person can tell that I was no more built for speed and distance than a hippopotamus. However, there was a time in my life only a couple of years ago when I was running regularly. And then I had a baby and that came crashing to a halt. Well, I'm back. For the last week or so, I've actually been running at least 3 times a week.
The Pirate, who was a cross-country runner, is currently coaching me. My current plan:
1. Choose a goal.
My current goal is 5 miles/day @ 10 minutes/mile.
2. Start by running just a mile until you're at the right pace.
I'm at 4.6 miles/hour (13.04 minutes/mile).
3. Once the desired pace is achieved regularly, gradually increase distance.
You might ask why, at this late juncture in the narrative, I have chosen to do this. Really, it's easy. Running is the cheapest and most available "sport" I could find. My doctor told me that my back condition is such that if I stop moving/exercising, I will quickly become completely immobile. This thought terrifies me and motivates me like nobody's biz.
So, if you're out and about and see a Weeble in tennis shoes, wave!