65 days, 27 runs, and 9 weeks later, I did it! I actually managed to graduate! I cannot believe it.
I always thought I would know exactly what to say when the day came, but to be honest I don't. I guess I am what they call "speechless." I guess I am meant to talk about my experience with C25K, so here goes...
I remember my first run. I had attempted 2 runs trying to run a full 5k the week before starting the plan, and they failed miserably. I managed a couple of minutes before I nearly collapsed. I decided that now was as good a time as any to start C25K, this thing I had been pondering over for years. I went on to the nhs website just to read more about it, and before I knew it, I was reading the comments from people who were doing C25K, or grads. I decided if obese middle aged people could do it, then a fit (haha yeah right!) 14 year old girl like me should be able to it. I was astonished how hard i was to run a minute, so for you guys on you first couple of weeks, don't worry we have all been there, and found it near impossible as well. But somehow you pull through. Not sure how. I guess our body is cleverer than we think. Anyway..
Week 2 came around and I was starting to get into the programme now. I had started to get a few ideas about what i was going to do after the plan, and I couldn't wait to graduate (already haha!). Run's were getting harder and weather was getting worse for some reason, but without fail, 3 times a week I was out there running. Because that is what it is about really. It's not really about whether it takes you 9 weeks to run 5k. It is about giving it your everything and then some, and powering through any pain, and at the end of the day, knowing you tried your absolute hardest.
By week 3, I discovered this amazing website. It encouraged me (well you guys encouraged me) even more, and I was adamant that eventually I would get my green grad badge and I would write this blog post. So thank you for your lovely comments and support I remember being so proud of myself for running 3 minutes, and I got my dad to start the programme (currently on w7) and it was this week I got myself some professional running shoes. This was probably one of the best weeks in the whole thing :')
Then there was week 4. I like to refer to this week as devil week. 5 minutes of running turned out to be one of the hardest things I ever had to do in my life. And not in a good way. It was also starting to get icy outside (welcome to England baby), and my mum wasn't keen on my going outside running. I did it anyway hahaha. I remember running in the snow, and looking like a snowman hahaa. I also did my first (and only) run on a treadmill as it was too slippy ouside by the end of the week.
I was scared as poop for W5, but I actually found this week one of the easiest. I have no idea why, it just was? I found 20 minutes surprisingly easy, and I was so proud of myself. However I still had doubts if I could complete 30 minutes, but I decided to stop worrying and planning and just go with the flow and see what I can do.
Week 6 was also pretty easy. I reminisced in doing a bit of W1 again at the end of one of my W6 runs, and I could not believe how my body had changed. 1 minute no longer felt like a lifetime, it felt like 10 seconds! Crazyy!
Week 7 was one of the worst weeks for me, ever. I was terrified for my next runs, and I started to hate running and really started to question if I could do this. On my W7R2 thanks to bad food and dehydration, I nearly fainted and threw up by the end of my 25 mins. I am so glad I kept going though, go past me!!
Week 8 was a blur, but in a good way. My distances were all great and I was starting to get back on track with running and looking forward to my runs and graduating!
And that takes us to now. Every run this week I did 5k in the 30 mins, and I am so proud of how far I have come. This is definitely my favourite blog, and it made me realise just how great this plan is, and how much it can change your life. I used to hate excerice, now if I am bored, excerice is thing I turn to. Funny how much things can change in 9 weeks eh?
Dear future me (and anyone else reading this), never give up on your running, no matter how hard it seems, give it your best, and you will succeed. Now lets do the C25K+ podcasts!!
Sorry for this being the longest blog EVVERRRR, but hey guys, you'll forgive me right? After all I have only flipping GRADUATEDD!!! AHHHHHHH! Now give me my green badge! How do I get it haha?