The addiction has already begun

I’m not really sure where to begin with this.

I’m the kind of person that obsesses over things, and when I take up new hobbies, I hit the ground running (pun intended). Now in a way I guess that makes me sound whimsical and that I obsess over lots of things and thats not strictly true but I do get passionate about most things that I take up.

When I hear a new band I love, I have to download every song they’ve ever recorded and when I started going to theme parks regularly, I joined forums, reading articles for hours and visited parks every weekend … these are just two things in a long line of things which I obsess over, its rare that I take on new things but when I do, I get so excited about them.

About 6 months ago we moved into our gorgeous 2 bedroom house near Shrewsbury town centre which is within spitting distance of the river, Saturdays I usually walk into town along the river taking in the sights and enjoying songs on my mp3 player, and for months I’ve had this crazy little thought at the back of my head just whispering to me that it would be great fun running along the river. “Crazy ??” You may ask why I say crazy, but the truth is, I’ve never been good at sports, PE was always my worst subject at school and every time I joined a gym generally the fad would last about a week. I was always the kid at school when running was mentioned, I’d be in the corner coughing at the thought of running whilst puffing on an inhaler. Ā I’m pretty unfit and although I’m pretty skinny, years of nights in the pub have created a small but perfectly formed beer belly. The last straw was when I decided to go and play five a side football with friends for an hour and after 10 minutes feeling like I’d done 10 rounds of a boxing match. I felt pathetic and although I had quite enjoyed the game, I knew that I didn’t want to be that person anymore.

The problem with me telling you all this is that I’ve already started running, if this were a book you’ve probably missed chapter one, and where as I could have started writing this as soon as I started running, it was never my intention to create a blog. Running was always meant to be about a bit of time for me to enjoy my music and hopefully create a slightly fitter version of myself … Colin V2.0 if you will. Well I’ve been posting updates via twitter and facebook with my progress so far, each time i’ve been going further and further and although at the moment running is a slight exaggeration i’m feeling great already and it kind of evolved into me writing this blog as there’s only so much you can write in a facebook or twitter update

Currently i’m doing a quick walk for 5 minute to warm up followed by 3 minutes running, 90 seconds walking, 5 minutes running, 150 seconds walking twice which doesn’t sound like all that much but when your pretty unfit it takes a good few weeks to build up to. Up until now I have found things quite easy mind, with the walking being greater than the running at first but now I’m starting to push myself (infact I got my first stitch the other day !! )and i’m eager to go further and further. I have big plans for taking part in various events and places I’d like to run (I’ll be going into detail with this over the next day or so so keep watching this space šŸ˜‰ )

So how do I know that I’m not just going to give up like all the times I’ve joined a gym and quit … this time it feels very different, I’m really motivated to get out and about, I love the buzz I get after coming home and thinking I’ve achieved something and the ever changing enviroments are far better than what you can experience on any running machine. I’ve even been out and bought some of the gear and have changed from running in the evenings to getting up earlier in the morning so that it doesn’t cut into my night too much, so yeah things are changing … and I hope that you’ll enjoy the journey with me.


(A Healthy Breakfast …. honest !)


6 responses

  1. smints

    GOOD LUCK colin! šŸ™‚

    August 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm

  2. LOVE the blog, Colin!! As a new runner myself, I can relate to the feeling you get after a run, and I’m enjoying reconneting with my mp3 player! I like your running regime too……….I need to adjust mine as the shin splints are seriously curtailing my ability to run (and occasionally, walk!!)

    Keep on keeping on (with the running and the blogging-it’s all good)


    August 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    • Thanks Fiona,

      If you like I can try and find the regime i’m doing and email you a link if you like, I originally started on a plan which was too hard and ended up not enjoying a second of it … this one has eased me in quite nicely to the point where it’s challenging enough to keep me trying hard but also not so bad that I’ve not been able to walk (actually I’ve not been able to walk at one point but thats due to not following the plan and going further …. oops !)

      August 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

  3. Tom Jarvis

    Best of luck Colin. I’ve been following your facebook updates with interest, love the mapped route option. Ruuuuun Colster Ruuuuun!

    August 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    • Thanks Tom …. I’ve got plenty of ideas for keeping it exciting too … tomorrow i’m heading to Jackfield (to see a man about a bike …) then a run round Jackfield and a pint in the Boat inn … whilst I type up another blog post showing both the route for my run and the reason why i’ll have been to see a man about a bike too lol

      August 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm

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