Let me start by saying I have never gone for a run in my life. Mainly because it always felt like a lot of effort for someone who was so overweight, and also because I’ve always thought of running as extremely boring. But when I woke up nice and early this morning, and looked out the window at the glorious sunshine, I thought, why not give it a go?
My fiancé was pretty gob-smacked seeing me stood there in my tracksuit and baseball cap, iPod on and ready to go. Luckily I live in a very leafy part of Essex, so with a short walk across the road I was in the vast playing fields that back onto a nature reserve, with the sunshine on my face and the pumping workout tunes in my ears.
I decided to take it slowly, start off with a brisk walk and work myself up to a spurt of jogging; I really enjoy walking, but again, I get bored, so I thought maybe combining the two would keep my interest.
I covered three fields (round the outer boarders, not straight across!) and every time I reached a bench or signpost, I would use it as a marker to start jogging, with another marker ahead where I would slow back to a walk. It worked pretty well, by the time I reached the fourth field and took a stroll round the lake, I was baking hot and pretty breathless, but I felt good for doing it.
While heading back on the same route, I noticed that new tennis courts had been erected, so I went over to investigate (I love playing tennis!), but something else over the hill caught my eye, and I’m so glad it did. There is an outdoor gym in a secluded little spot atop a hill, and as it was completely empty I thought I might as well give it a go.
With just six pieces of equipment, I read the instructions carefully, not wanting to do myself a mischief, and realised that the equipment uses your own body weight instead of having its own weights. What a great idea! After half an hour of chest presses, leg presses and various other exercises, I felt like I had stumbled on a real little gem, just a few minutes away from my front door.
Heading home, I had a last burst of full on running, which I regretted when I stopped as I am suffering from a cold, so I ended up gasping for air like I was drowning because I couldn’t breathe out of my nose, but it felt like a real achievement