A year ago today I pulled on a pair of hiking trousers (the closest thing to fitness gear I had), a t-shirt I most used for sleeping in and zipped up (yes I kid you not - zipped up) the closest thing to a pair of trainers I possessed and headed out to complete Wk1R1 of C25K. 30 minutes later I shambled back with quivering legs and bursting lungs but I'd started something....
Yes this is one of those C25K affirming posts of the (genuinely) hadn't run since school some 30 years or more ago 40 somethings who has successfully completed the programme and now has proper running shoes (carefully selected following gait analysis of course), a wardrobe full of lycra and who has beaten her 5k time on her runniversary and can happily run 10k ...
BUT I really wanted to write this post today because when I say I can happily run 10k - I mean just that. My 10k is slow (and I've yet to do 5k in less than 32minutes) but it is, very definitely happy. You see when I pulled on that rather bizarre runing outfit a year ago I felt unfit, overwhelmed by work and generally unhappy. I'd already spent two thirds of that summer holiday (I'm a head teacher) promising myself I'd go swimming every day and eat more healthily and make more time for myself (all starting tomorrow of course) and for whatever reason having come across an article on C25K actually decided today's the day and changed my life - literally. I had to find at least 30 minutes three times a week just for me, I developed an interest completely separate from my job, I was getting outside into the fresh air regularly in a way I never had before. I had undisturbed headspace and every tiny improvement made me feel more positive and confident and helped to keep me going and, though I'm a solitary runner and like it that way, there was an amazingly supportive group of people on here to keep me going too.
And now I'm fitter, I've lost about 10lbs (without dieting), I eat more healthily (most of the time), I keep work more in perspective, I love running and I'm happy!
So any one out there wondering if it's worth the effort - it really is. Keep going you'll do things you would never believe you could. And to those of you who've shared your journey and acknowledged some of mine thanks to you for all the motivation and support you provide.
Much love Deb (aka Fitter40s when I began this wonderful adventure).
Happy running 😊 - looking forward to running with you all for another year 🥂