After only just crawling through to W5R2 a year ago I was a complete wreck, I could barely walk because of shin splints and aching arches & I could hardly breathe due to my 20 a day - I laid up for a week and then decided to quit running, it wasn't for me.
But I did do one more thing. I promised myself that I needed to get fit or at least stop being so unhealthy & I didn't like the thought of being fat at 40.
The smoking had to go. The NHS quit plan really helped & I have been smoke & nicotine free for 6 months now. Combined with deep breathing exercises means I no longer have a wheeze or cough.
Drive home on Monday & I passed dozens of people out jogging I caught myself saying "that could be me - I should be able to do that"
So yesterday I loaded up the MP3s again & this time I made a proper timetable (A tip from the stop smoking program is to use their wall chart for the first 4 weeks & cross off every day as you make it through & make it part of your routine). So I've made my own C25K wall chart which lists every session in each week & I'll be crossing off every run as i do it. It also gives me something to look back on to remind me of my progress and to just think about the next run on the list.
For me it's not about doing 5k or 30mins - it's about getting back out there for the next run - and taking it one run at a time.
So last night I pulled on the trainers & got back out on the tarmac and did W2R1 (trying to give myself a spare week in case I need it later in the program) .
It felt amazing.
I can breathe & run & breathe & don't care how stupid I look - I did 2.7k and this morning I didn't look like a demented chicken when I'm going up the stairs.
W2R2 is on Thursday evening, so bring it on....