As I said earlier, I am a complete novice. I have some trainers that I think are running shoes, shorts and some appropriate t-shirts. But I know nothing else, so when it comes to running, questions such as 'what should I eat beforehand'?', 'Should I take a drink?' 'Where am I supposed to put my keys?' are all at the forefront of my mind, let alone the big question, which needs to be, 'Can I actually run?'
I decide to go on what I have called my baseline run. Set off from home, pound the streets around where I live, not venture too far away and see how long I can go for without too much pain. My theory is that once that is done, I can plan my training schedule from there. I have no idea what to expect, except severe pain. Whichever direction I go, my first couple of km is uphill...
The run starts and I feel OK...a steady pace and the seemingly never ending mountain that is Accrington Road is conquered. Feeling good, I extend beyond my expectations and make it home after 42 minutes, having run around 6.5k. I am really happy with that, much better than I expected, and I am literally up and running!