Oh how I have waited for this day and at last I can say I have run 3x 30 minute runs....not yet to 5km but nearly ruined it all by trying to go too fast and ending up with severe muscle aches. I found this program quite by accident after my physio for my neck told me "if you don't use it you lose it" I realised it wasn't only my neck getting stiffer but my whole body so I googled running as thought this was more whole body. So here I am.
I never thought at that stage what an emotional journey this would be for me. I never thought for a second how hard it was going to be and would have laughed if you had said I would find 1 minute hard work but I did find it hard. But the program is meant to get you ready for the next bit and it does. I still find it all hard work but hey I have got there and everything is hard when your first learning. But 5 minutes now I think doddle!!
When I moved on to the longer runs the challenge changed from physical to more mental and without the huge support I got on here when I blogged I am not sure I would have got through. The hubby was more "well try something else you can do to get fit" whereas on here it was "you have been prepared your ready for it" and "you can do it" so a huge thank you to everyone. It doesn't matter whether you have replied to my blog or just blogged yourself its all here for us to read to get us through. So helpful to know we all start by gasping, nose running, being red faced and too embarrassed to run where others can see us but as the weeks go on you realise your no longer doing those things and your not diverting off to avoid others any more your just dong your thing. You realise your now proud to be out there and getting fitter and when others run past you think that may be me one day and once they were just like me.
I have learnt things the hard way like how important it is to go slow to build endurance or you suffer and how important those rest days are to heal tired muscles. Don't listen to temptation whilst learning it will only put you back. I have learnt that the runs I had to repeat of which there were 4 were not fails they were just practise runs which gave me the opportunity to talk to the on line community which is so rewarding and I am proud to be part of.
So now I intend to consolidate my 30 minute runs before I move on and once I am happily doing 5k in 30 mins will look at the other podcasts. So to anyone out there this program is within every ones grasp 9 weeks is only a guide so take as long as you need, but you will get there...I did!!!