Feeling quite ashamed – I have been lurking here and reading everyone else’s blogs/questions and responses for the last 9 weeks and haven’t contributed anything myself.
Yesterday I completed week 7 run 3 – not easy, but do-able, but only with the fantastic motivation and encouragement of everyone here. Week 1 was hell and I even did a run 4 that week as I felt unable to move on to week 2, but the sage advice of Greenlegs and many others – ‘slow and steady’ – really helped. Week 2 onwards was much better; I am still very slow, but have completed all the runs so far. The amazing thing is that I have really enjoyed this ‘journey’ and often feel a bit ‘high’ after running.
Not bad for an obese 56 year old (still obese, but have lost nearly 2.5 stones since February, another 2.5 stones to go before I am merely ‘overweight’), who hated cross-country running at school. I run along the canal towpath which is about a 7 minute walk from home (10 minutes returning!). The path is fairly flat which makes it easier and the canal is lovely at this time of year, cygnets, ducklings and baby coots (cootlets?).
There is a Race for Life near us in July, which I have entered with my daughter. I was rather nervous about this when I signed up but thought it best to have a goal, and am quite looking forward to it now.
Thanks again to everyone and, of course, to the lovely Laura – without all your help I really couldn’t have got this far. I promise in future to encourage the newer runners, even if time is limited.
This is a fantastic programme!