That's it. Day 100 completed.
I thought that I was very calm about it, but just writing that line has choked me up!!
So that's 100 days with no rest days, not even whilst on holiday or flying( I walked around the airport for my 5k on the 24th March)! No rest, even when feeling sick (dodgy barbecue) or aching with sore knees, or with muscles crying out for time off! I just gritted my teeth and got on with it, because I knew that I couldn't let myself fail. Determined and stubborn!!
So what did I do for my last day? For the last day I HAD to run. It was raining, but I used the magic umbrella given to me yesterday by Soozz, and it worked! I thought I was going to run a 5k route just up and down near by streets, but when I got to the end of the street I decided to run up to the village and out the other side, doing a 7k circular route back home. It's a tough route because there's a couple of really steep hills, so I've only ever done it a couple of times. But I fancied the challenge (what is it with me and challenges?!!) and knew that I would take in some lovely views en-route.
It was so enjoyable, and I felt good throughout. When I did the cool down walk back home I felt a warm glow and a sense of achievement. I was also soaked through!
Thank you ALL for your support along the way. The 5x50 challenge was a great experience and we had simply the best team. But especially thank you for the last 9 days when it could have gone horribly wrong (I ached a bit after that mammoth Sunday and felt quite deflated too). I won't name names, because I'm bound to forget someone, but if you've taken the time to read my blogs, or write a comment, or even to join me on the last 9 days: thank you so much for your kindness and support.
I feel a different person to the one who started the challenge. I feel stronger both mentally and physically, and naturally feel happier because of that. It has been a real rollercoaster of a challenge, but more good days than bad, and more highs than lows. I have some great memories, and have felt incredibly lucky to have a supportive family, and supportive friends on this site.
I now have the exercise habit, it's just what I do, part of my life, and I can't imagine going back to the old me ('a couple of runs a week' girl)
I've been overwhelmed with all your comments on my blogs, and on Oldgirls' question yesterday. This site is full of amazing people, willing to give of their time to help and give advice and to encourage; displaying the best in human nature. We all share the love of running and therefore the love of life.
So a glass or two of champagne later, a delicious meal prepared by my husband and shared with my sons and daughter. My 10 year old daughter has already baked me a yummy banana cake and has made me a fab card (see photo!) Then tonight a dance to the Beatles tribute band (who will play all sorts of '60's music), and a relax in the hot tub (thank you Annie) If you're free please join me