I was going to do week-by-week updates on the running side of things, and even though I only managed one run before I was advised to stop, I’m going to tell you about it anyway.
In short, it was great. The sun was shining but it wasn’t too hot, I was in a good mood and I had Local Natives in my ears.
The first run of the C25K programme involves a warmup of a five-minute brisk walk, followed by 60 seconds of jogging, then 90 seconds of walking, 60 seconds of jogging, and so on and so on, for a total of 20 minutes.
Weirdly, once you’ve finished the final 90-second walk, there’s another five-minute cool-down walk. I was ready to break into a run again, which I’m taking as a good sign.
I covered 2.2 miles. Let’s be honest, most of it was walking.
I focused on running slowly, and then found that it was easier if I didn’t focus on the running at all. The only time I struggled a teeny bit was when a poor choice of route on my part had me half way up an uneven set of granite stairs just as I was supposed to launch into my jog again. That was in that little mini-park in the bottom left-ish of the map, if you’re interested.
Overall, I enjoyed it. I felt good, and when I was doing my stretches in the park like a yuppie, I felt elated, energised and proud of myself.
The next day, I still felt elated, energised and proud of myself, but pretty much every muscle in my body was giving me a friendly reminder that they hadn’t done that in a while.
My legs were actually fine – the stretching had done its job – but I’d forgotten about the achy stomach, back and bum muscles. It wasn’t excruciating or anything, in fact, it was kind of familiar – that satisfying feeling that lets you know you definitely exercised. I used to feel like that after a six-mile pb. Now a two-mile mostly-walk will do it.
That feeling also reminded me how important the yoga part of the plan is. Core strength might have come in handy here.
After a couple of days, I was all good again, and would have been ready for workout number two, but, of course, by then Dr Shrivastava had got in touch and I’d put a halt on the whole thing.
Since then, I have successfully got myself a Medicare card – which gives me access to free healthcare in Australia on a reciprocal agreement with the UK – and I’ve visited a GP and got myself a referral to a neurologist of my choosing – Dr Katrina Reardon.
It may be a little wait before I can do a week-two running update. Watch this space. I will, of course, keep you posted.