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