Tonight I have graduated and I am so so pleased.
First things first; the run: After accidentally doing 5K on my first run of W9 it seemed churlish not to do it again so my last run and this were both 5K. It was cool tonight which suits me but it started bucketing with rain about halfway through. I actually had a crazy moment where it was raining so hard I couldn't really see through my glasses but a really good song was playing and I just felt a bit delirious "I'm a serious runner - I can run in wind and pouring rain" (imagine a super hero voice in your head!!)
When I got to the 4K mark I remembered Laura's "finish strong" advice. In hindsight I don't think she meant run as hard as you can for a whole kilometre which is what I did! It was hard but finished the 5K in 30m 59s. As I stopped and turned round (ecstatically happy) there was a big rainbow above me.
Now I'm not religious but the running gods were smiling over me I'm sure
So now for the Oscar style emotion ; thank you to every person on this board for supporting and encouraging me, especially when it got tough. Even those I've never "spoke to" I love reading everyone's blogs and stories.
When I started this I honestly never believed I'd be where I am now. Just last Summer I sat watching the Olympics, just a stones throw from my house - 3 and a half stone heavier than now and desperately unhealthy and unfit. It really spurred me, initially to lose weight and be healthy for my kids but then wanted to get fit and caught the running bug. Me, a runner - it's still surreal
So for those at the beginning who may be finding it hard, keep going and have faith. If I can do it, anyone can. To all the graduates, I'm now with you and will be sounding you all out for some advice on how to continue this journey.
I have genuinely been touched by the kindness of people on here and am so happy to be part of this lovely community.
Kel x x