About an hour ago I got back in from my graduation run and I still have the biggest grin plastered all over my face!
This week was not good for running - two horrible outings on a hotel treadmill and I was still only covering around 3.8k which I had done in Week 8, so I wasn't feeling good about my prospects. On Thursday I had a full day of work on the East Coast and then 10 hours travel to get back home to SF, so although I'd planned to run yesterday I just felt too tired and didn't go out, despite wanting to. I'm glad I waited because today was almost perfect.
Gorgeous sunshine, lovely cool breeze and I felt much better. My breathing wasn't great, it was a bit of a 'pant and gasp' run, but my technique seemed better and I felt like I was running rather than plodding, for a change. And I seem to be a bit quicker outside than I was on the treadmill, because according to Endomondo I managed to cover 4.1k. I'm really thrilled to have broken the 4k barrier because although I'm still nowhere near 5k in 30 minutes, it makes it sound a bit more achievable.
Massive thanks to the NHS for this amazing programme, Laura for being a steadfast companion, and most of all to everyone here for the encouragement and advice which has kept me going during the really tough bits - for me, week six and this week's 'dreadmill' experience (as someone on here called it which really made me laugh). I've learnt so much from all of you, whether it's about setting pace or using the 'I'm a gazelle, I'm a gazelle' mantra which I still do on a tough run, even though I bear much more resemblance to an exhausted tortoise than a gazelle.
Thank you all, and I look forward to much more running and I'll definitely be sticking around in this fantastic community to carry on learning and talking with you all.