I ran my first ever 5K about a month ago, and this week I started running again. I was all set to run the 5K I ran with the lovely mrs. pdb, and neither of us are runners, so we decided to both train for and do the run, just as a challenge. Unfortunately, shortly after starting to train, my wife discovered that running triggers her migraines, so she got half way through her training and had to stop; I stopped too, even though we both decided to still do the run.
So, we both did the run - she sort of half-ran and half-walked it, and I ran the whole way despite not having trained for it in the slightest; my thought process was "should I run today? Nah, I bike to work, and my commute's twice as long as a 5K, so I'll be fine". In a strictly cardiovascular sense, yep, I was fine; I ran the entire 5K, didn't stop, and it didn't kill me. But! The next day, my legs could barely function they were so stiff and sore - getting up from my desk, it took about seven steps for my legs to function properly again.
So we both decided to do another run, in October, and to train properly this time - my wife's been working with her doctor to determine what her body can tolerate, and I've started doing lunchtime runs three days a week now that the weather's getting better. I'm doing it properly, too - I'm running just a shade under two miles a run right now, and next week I'll ramp it up to just about three, and stick with that distance (5K is about 3.1 miles) for the summer. As we get closer to October, I'll ramp it up a bit and may attempt a 10K, but my goal is to do a 5K having trained properly, to see how much my time improves from the 38.04 I ran in March.
What about you? Do you have specific exercise goals, or do you just go to the gym/play sports or whatever? Any athletic feat you'd like to shoot for that you haven't done? If you don't exercise, have you ever considered starting? What holds you back?
Anything else on your mind this week?