I went out and completed W9R3 on the International Labour day! I am a 47 years old male (will be 48 in 2 months) from India. I am very slightly built, so much so that you will think I am a seasoned long distance runner if you see me jog. Of course you will change your mind when you realize how slow I am running. You will confirm it when you get close and hear me panting!
I was confirmed to have Osteopenia in my hip and Osteoporosis in the spine about a year back. I was suggested to take up load-bearing exercises. I was already doing walks, I made them more regular. Sometimes in Sep, I decided that I will do a little more than walking. When I searched around online, I landed upon the Couch to 5k plan. The rest as they say is history! Without the Couchto5k plan and the wonderful support from all of you (and Laura), I would have certainly given up. Especially when I had my doubts in Week 4 and the dreaded W5R3!
I am definitely not a natural runner - I took 31 mins in the final run to complete 4K. Not bad for me. But I need to continue the runs so that I feel more comfortable and go towards 5K in 30 mins. To my credit, it is the hottest time of the year here. I was running in temperatures between 33 and 37 in the past 2-3 weeks! I definitely will be more comfortable in better weather. I am expected to be in Seattle for a few weeks in May / June. I hope I can run better there. Hope the popular Seattle rainy weather stays away, because I always jog outdoors.
Thanks to all of you again! Hope to take up Couchto5K+ after sometime.
PS: Need to figure out how to get the "Graduate" tag against my name!