Running Naked

Why did I, Dave, get a blog on the Runnez App website?

Running Naked

Starting from scratch

If you haven't run before - or have done very little running - then I am you.  You, are me.

Some people may think Runnez Virtual is only for people who run often - and are really good at it.  But, it's not.

How do I know this?  Because I do it. 

Before Runnez Virtual, I had never run - nor wanted to.  I couldn't understand how it could be enjoyable.  I mean, it's running!

I met Rick initially through a mutual friend.  He was 'the running guy' and he had me in his phone as 'the video man'.

We had a coffee together and got on like a house on fire.  We discussed what he wanted to do with Runnez, what I was doing in film and planned Runnez Virtual.

At this stage I had never run - and didn't want to.  I had a bike, what did I need my legs for?

After I'd filmed lots of sessions with Rick, and we had worked out the best way to move forward, he suggested that he might be able to get me to enjoy running.

My knees have always been an issue and so we started working together on strengthening my legs.

When he felt I was ready he took me to the running track to start running.

To be honest, I was nervous.  I didn't know what to expect or how silly I would look attempting to run.

Initially Rick had me walk around the track with him.  We talked about the sort of improvement I should look to make over the coming weeks and to not get too disheartened if I wasn't picked for the Olympic team after my first run.

The first session we started slowly.  I 'only' ran 100 metres and then walked 100 metres 4 or 5 times and that was me.  Done

It felt good to get that done - but it wasn't easy.

We went back to the track regularly together and then I progressed to doing it on my own with programs designed for me - the novice - with phone in hand as I went.

I kept a blog during my first Runnez session, and this is what it said:

All of my talk, all of the promises to myself, they all boil down to today.

This is going to be my first run.  My first Runnez session.  The first time I’ve had to wear a spiffy pair of running shorts.

I have looked forward to this moment, somewhat.  Not so much the running but the feeling I hope to get after.  1 minute after.  1 week after.  1 year after.

Rick chose this session for me and said it was Fartlek.  I thought, at first, he said something about farting but it turns out this is a real word.  Yet another thing I am learning along this journey - a new language.

The session he had me do had a lot of efforts than were broken up with nice rest periods.

Mentally, it didn’t feel like I was working as hard as I was because I knew a rest was only ever a minute away.

My heart rate did fluctuate from 140-180 bpm depending on the effort I was exerting, but I always felt like I was in control.  I did, also, forget to turn my Garmin on until about 10 mins in, so my results are a bit skewed.

I must admit, it is nice to have Rick talking to you throughout the session.  I’ve always loved to have music playing, but he found ways to amuse me and always keep me upbeat and interested.  That is one of Runnez charms.

Once the session was over I felt really good.  Not because I was dripping in sweat or my legs felt toned but because I had finished and I knew that the next step of my running life had started.
— Dave Harrison

It's now been 12 months and I'm doing Runnez Virtual 3 times a week.  I'm still not the best runner in the world - but I am getting better.

The best part?  I love it.  I truly love it.  It's not so much the running I love, as much as the accomplishment, the feeling that I can do it - and it's helping me live a healthier life as a result.

People don't often realise that you don't run continually for the entire Runnez session.  You get rests throughout.  Often Rick will say something, or even make you laugh, that takes you away for a while and you forget about running - or how much you may be working.

It really is a running system that is for any level of runner to use.

"It's your program, not ours" Rick often says.  

And he is right.


Please share how and why you started running - I'd love to hear.

And if you've never run, hopefully I can inspire you to start.



All the best.