Before January of this year, I'd not run more than a couple of miles in one go since my teens. It should be noted that I ran for Derbyshire cross country in my teens but the twenty year+ gap in the middle and 5 million bike miles ensured my legs went funny on me so any run meant my calves were so painful I could barely walk for over a week after a run.
So, in January I start running, I follow a couch to 5k path but accelerate it. By mid-Feb I'm running 5k's in 24 minutes. I can still barely walk afterwards but that only lasts a couple of days. My legs have hurt constantly since I started, but I've been able to walk.
Tonight I ran 6.3 miles in an hour. To say I am chuffed would be a huge understatement. It's not very quick and I get that but I did it. That's probably the main point of this post, a bit of a boast.
Here come the questions then.
Socks. Normally I'd laugh at people buying sport specific socks but every run I do, my toes come through my socks. Any advice on which ones to get?
Shoes. I searched for 'cheapest running trainers' on google and bought the ones for under £15. I should probably buy some that are better now. I will be doing on and offroad running. Any suggestions. 50-70 quid I reckon.
Christ it's boring on the long straights, any tips to make the time flow faster? I'm just about to buy an armstrap and lock-on (tm) headphones so I can listen to music.
Any useful tips on how to stop my calves feeling like they've been stabbed?
Ta. You're all lovely and everything.