I'm 48, very new to running. I'm not medically overweight (BMI 25), but I could do with losing a stone or so.. and I'm definitely NOT 'runner shaped'!! I've never been a runner or a jogger, not even when I was younger... so doing this is a major culture shock for my body!
The past few years I have been a regular gym goer though, doing a variety of cardio work and various classes such as Body Combat/Body Pump, so I like to think that I have a reasonable level of cardio fitness.
I recently signed up to do a 5K for charity, as I felt that I wanted to really challenge myself and hopefully finally get fit and in shape into the bargain.
So.. eight weeks ago I started to try to run.. with the support of a personal trainer at my gym. (We've also worked on my muscle strength and core stability) In that time I've progressed from not being able to manage 1 full minute on the treadmill.. to doing 18 minutes on my local running track last Sunday.
I am really proud of how far I've come.. but now the doubts are really setting in.. my 5K is 5 weeks on Sunday.. and right now I just don't see how I'm going to be able to run the whole distance! It just feels an impossibility :-/ That's really my personal goal, regardless of time.. just to run the whole race. I feel like I'd be letting both myself and my sponsors down if I can't do it.
Can anyone help me? What can I do to help make it happen?