About two years ago I went for my first ever run. It took A LOT for me to do this and built up to it with several months of walking. I have never been sporty, I've never used a gym (and don't ever plan to) and I never enjoyed working out. But after I moved to the Central Coast from Sydney I wanted to be out and about near the water more and just felt that the time was right for me to start exercising. It took a while, but I eventually started to enjoy running, and was motivated by the changes in my body and increased fitness level. Plus, running outdoors by the beach made it a million times more do-able.
I've stopped and started a couple of times since that first run, but have been running regularly (three times a week) since last October when I took my dog Dexter on our first run together. Btw, having a dog that loves running gives you no excuse to not go. Even on the days when I didn't feel like it I couldn't disappoint Dex, so would always end up going for that run and being so glad that I did afterwards.
About 4 weeks ago I had my first ever sports injury. I was out running around Terrigal when my lower left leg just started to ache. By the end of the run it was throbbing. I thought it was just a pulled muscle that would be fine in a day or two. A week later of me limping around like an idiot and no improvement what-so-ever I went for an ultrasound and it turned out I had torn my peroneal muscle. No running for me for at least a month. I also had to skip yoga for two weeks which was tough!
It's been so frustrating, made even worse that I haven't been able to take Dex out, but after some physio, new shoes and orthotics (It turns out I pronate (roll inwards) when I walk and run so the orthotics were a must). I finally went for my first run yesterday afternoon and I'm pleased to say it went very well. It was a very slow jog but I know I will build back up again - although I will be taking it easy and won't be pushing myself as hard as I was.
The message here is to take care of yourself! Listen to your body and don't push it too hard. Just hard enough ;)