I started C25K six weeks ago and although I didn't sign up to this site at the beginning, I've been 'lurking' and reading posts for most of that time.
I finally started a blog because I wanted to say THANK YOU so much to everyone who has been blogging on here and supporting each other - I genuinely don't think that I would have got to this point without you all.
I found the first five weeks of the programme challenging but enjoyable and definitely caught the running bug. I was so happy and emotional after W5R3 and felt completely invincible... right until W6R1 which was appalling.
I couldn't believe how hard I found both Week 6 Run 1 and Run 2, particularly when Laura said that it should be feeling a bit easier. I had found it really difficult and downright unpleasant, and I think it was only sheer bloody-mindedness that kept me going.
I checked the forums and can't describe the relief I felt at seeing that other people had also found week 6 hard. Well, not relief that others had struggled, obviously! But relief that I wasn't alone and wasn't a hopeless case.
I still couldn't see how on earth I was going to manage W6R3, but just tried to stay calm, remember what everyone else had said, and trust the programme. I did the run yesterday, and although it was hard, it wasn't nearly as bad as runs 1 and 2 this week, and I made it. When Laura said I was halfway I didn't feel too bad, but the second half definitely felt much longer than the first! When it got to the last minute and she said to run a bit faster if I could, I had a go... managed about 40 seconds before I thought I was going to burst and slowed back down again!
Anyway, that's quite enough rambling from me. But I will be doing W7R1 tomorrow and as I do I will be feeling incredibly grateful to you all for being so encouraging and generous, even to people that you never knew were here :-). Thank you all.