From couch to 5km in 25 minutes

My wife runs almost every day. I bike. That’s just the way it is. She’s a runner, I’m a cyclist.

Then one day, I get curious. I’m in my home office and have just finished a report I was working on. It’s around 10:30 am and I think to myself “I wonder what this running thing is all about… I should at least give it a go… just to see.”

So, I put on some shorts and some training shoes(I don’t own actual running shoes at this point) and I go outside and run 5km. It was pretty random… a kind of Forrest Gump experience. I ran as hard as I could, finishing in  25m:33s. I was pretty winded and my legs were burning. I didn’t really enjoy it but I felt like I had gotten a good workout.

Hmm, maybe this is worth trying.

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  1. trueindigo  December 13, 2012

    I would love to hear a follow up on how your muscles recovered/felt. Being a different action and with more impact, I always found my calves hurt a lot when I first tried running (as a biker). Quads were never a problem though.

    • thedarbster  December 13, 2012

      To be honest, my entire body hurt like never before… calves, shins, quads and hip flexors were all toast… even the muscles in my neck and shoulders hurt! I can remember hardly being able to walk down the stairs the next morning. It was four days before I recovered enough to go for my second run : )


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