After probably the very worst preparation for a 30 minute run (too much food and too many glasses of wine last night for my husband's birthday!) I dragged my husband out for my graduation run this morning (he's on W9R1). The weather wasn't great, bit of rain in the air and I was feeling a bit delicate after last night's celebrations but this was it. The big one. And I was adamant that I was going to do it, and hopefully do it in style!
We've never run together before so we were quite excited about the prospect. It turned out to be a bit tricky, as he runs at about double my pace and he was soon fading into the distance, but it was nice to know he was around somewhere, albeit over the horizon!
It was a truly amazing feeling to finish it, definitely more significant than I was expecting and no one is more surprised than me! Around 3 months ago, I was a very committed NON runner. I've been adamant to anyone that enquired that running was for fitness mad crazy people whose knees were probably going to fall apart. I was doing absolutely no exercise, and whilst I'd lost a lot of weight over the last 2 years, but I was incredibly unfit. I was suffering with daily discomfort from a post-pregnancy varicose vein in my calf for which I was considering paying for surgery on. I was on an endless diet to maintain my new weight and needed to start an exercise programme which could enable me to relax the reins on my eating...
Fast forward 3 months after I stumbled across a link to C25K on Netmums, I feel like a different person. Running has changed my life in more ways than just fitness, muscle tone and curing the varicose vein (or at least the symptoms) as well as allowing me a few more treats. I feel that by achieving something I'd previously thought impossible, my perspective on what I can achieve more generally has shifted; I'm feeling braver and have taken on new responsibilities at work which previously I'd not have thought I was capable of. And this is all down to breaking both the mental and physical barriers of learning to run. Amazing!
Big thanks to everyone who's supported me on this forum, it's a brilliant place, and enormous thanks to the NHS (and Laura obviously) who have helped a lot of people, including me today, to achieve something rather brilliant