Today was my first proper day of half-marathon training. I started with an early morning run, 6.5 miles, from King Alfred's to the Marina and back. The longest distance I'd run before was 4 miles so I was quite pleased to manage come back in just over 55 minutes.
At last night's event I was talking with someone about running and they said they found it boring. They'd heard people say it felt good, but couldn't imagine that. I always felt the same way but I've found that, once I've managed the first mile, I'm carried away by the rhythm of running. It's a different feeling to anything else I know.
After a quick shower I visited the Run shop on Blatchington Road to buy a new pair of running shoes. These should be more suitable for my own feet and will hopefully prevent any damage as I work on longer distances. The fitting process at Run is quite involved, including video analysis and test driving, but I came out feeling very happy about the shoes I'd bought. Hopefully I can try them out properly on Sunday when I'm back in Coventry.