Never been a runner (except for around a football pitch), and that was almost 20 years ago. I’m now nearing the big 4-0.
Since I packed in football due to a knee injury, I put on about 3 stone (mostly muscle) from doing weights. With not doing any cardio as such, my legs were never allowed to gradually get used to carry that extra weight around.
Anyway, about 3 months ago, I started running twice a week, mainly because I can do it after work without too much bother, and it isn’t going to take so long that I won’t see the kids (unlike cycling, for instance). Still try to throw the weights around for an hour once a week, and occasionally visit the course for 18 (carry, not trolley!) Strained a calf which lead to a month off but overall, I’m fairly happy. I do a 2.5 mile circuit, a bit downhill, a bit uphill, in a bit under 17 mins now. Hardly 2012 material, but it’ll do for me.
Given that I don’t want to spend too long out there, don’t want to wear out any joints, but would like to burn a bit more blubber, what sort of programme would you suggest? More than twice a week? More than 2.5 miles? Same distance, but up the pace?
Oh, and mid-week booze-free (mostly!) for a couple of months now, too!