Considering we're recommending it to all of you I thought I should take my own advice and start training. I'm going to document some of that journey here, and will either inspire someone else to start training or will make others feel better about their own fitness. You'll soon work out on which side of that line you stand...
I downloaded the Couch to 5k program, including the Podrunner audio files (I don't own a watch so rely on my mp3 player to tell me when to start and stop). (See our training page for some links)
My first session was on Monday, a gorgeous frosty morning. I'm not sure what I expected of myself, but I think I realised how little cardio fitness I currently have! I could probably walk the Pub2Pub tomorrow with no worries, but this Flinders 5 caper is going to take some work.
My saving grace is that the walk/run loop I have is a perfect length, reasonably flat, and rather scenic. The other bonus is that my only spectators are magpies, a sea eagle, and seven sheep. I need all the distraction I can get when running because usually my brain is too busy listening to my legs complaining. And complain they did: the beeps signalling the end of each run minute only just arrived in time.
Anyway, I managed to survive the Week 1 session without too much soreness, and even followed it up with a 3hr beach walk later in the day.
Ahh, surely this is paradise!
Here's Lady Mary finishing the 2008 Flinders 5 at age 93. She'll be out again this year aged 99. Go Mary!
What about the other two distinguished gentlemen? At least one of them is running. David Williams (right of Mary) is currently training for "200km for a Cure", a run from Launceston to Hobart over 4 days raising money for Cure Cancer Australia.
The other bloke, also named David, has been our timekeeper at every event since 2007. How has he always managed to snag the chair job?
-Mel and Liz