Did a 3 mile run for the first time in my life yesterday.
I never ran for exercise (or sports) and prior to January 2019 the last time I ran a mile was 30 years ago in high school gym class.
I started running on a treadmill at the gym with the goal of being able to run a mile. Did that and added running to my regular gym routine.
With the kung-flu lockdown my exercise options were limited, so I decided to do a daily run in my neighborhood. Started with 1.5 mile loop, then 2, and yesterday I did 3 miles.
The 2 mile loop seems like a reasonable distance for me to do on a daily basis, but I’ll add the 3 mile (and maybe 4 eventually) once a week or so.
I mainly do this so I can run with 2 of my kids who need to stay in shape. I accompany them on their workouts to keep them motivated and then I do my run.
No visions of entering any kind of organized races, and I certainly don’t “enjoy” running, but I understand why people do it. Low-cost activity that anyone can do, and you can work at your own pace and improve as you desire (or not).
My recommendation to any OG’er who’s sitting on the couch wishing there was a way to “get in shape” without spending money on a trainer or gym, is to start with something simple like a couch to 5k program and do it:
One of my kids is doing this so I go along as motivation. Good gradual program.