Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


A Step In The Right Direction

by Russell Turner - 16:41 on 17 October 2017

The pace is picking up. Today was week two and day four (only 14 more to go) of the couch to 5K programme, at the end of which I’ll be able to run 3.1 miles in 30 minutes or less. Allegedly. VMLM wanted me to do 2mins run and 2mins walk x5 but I plumped for the more challenging RW target of 3+3x4.

And I did it! All four running sections were completed, and with no extra walking. The duller conditions may have helped, or the return to my familiar route, or the warm-up stretches taken from one of the vast library of running books assembled over the years by Matchgirl, but the most likely contributor to my athletic progress was the snazzy running shirt and wind-proof top she gifted me. All I need now is to replace my lightweight outdoor trousers with something more runnery and I’ll look like the real thing. Until I set off, anyway.

Thursday’s run will be the same again, but on a different route. In the meantime I’ll bite the bullet and click the mouse to buy more running gear for myself. Matchgirl recommends the sale section of sportsshoes.com (although shoes is the one thing I won’t buy online) and claims she’s never bought anything at full price. Maybe that’s how she can afford so much of it.

Comment from BikerMike at 08:14 on 18 October 2017.
I've just bought a pair of Soloman's from SportsDirect.com and they fit perfectly. The first pair I got were too small due to me not specifying the correct size. Replaced, no problem. Saved over £50. Give it a go unless you're in a big hurry.
Comment from Russell at 09:22 on 18 October 2017.
No hurry but I think I'll stick with real people for shoes. Matchgirl says that at her favourite shop I'll be videoed on a treadmill and advised what best suits my style. Miner's boots probably.

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