I've had many awards for achievement in my life ranging from a certificate for swimming 10 metres to a degree. NOT ONE of them comes anywhere near the pride and happiness I feel at graduating with Couch to 5K.
When I began the program on April 5th it never occured to me that I'd run through to W9 R1 without having to repeat a run. I was so exhausted and breathless after each of the 1 minute runs in the first week and the 1.5 minutes in the second week that I thought I wouldn't get any further in spite of my blue inhaler, Then to my amazement, in week 3, my breathing started improve and my legs got the message too! From then on I began to feel more confident and spurred on by Greenlegs oft repeated mantra of "slow and steady" I ran/jogged through the weeks until W9 R1 - even notching up a 45 minute run as my last run in week 8! I was so looking forward to ending our holiday by running 5k however long it took me as my graduation run along the tow path in Cambridge with our son - until disaster struck in Dorset. I ended up in hospital for 5 days with a nose bleed and came home weak and wobbly and unable to think of running for a fortnight. These last few runs since then have been hard but I've been determined to give today's all I'd got. I was so wanting to run 3k that I ran through Laura's final warm down in case I hadn't made the 3k Then when I pulled my mobile out I saw that the nice Mr Endomondo had recorded 3.5k in 36 minutes I was overjoyed. A year ago this week I was 3.5 stones heavier and more like a sack of potatoes on the couch! and look at me now
I have so many people to thank for my graduation success. Our elder son who told us he was worried about our weight and lack of fitness; our younger son who in November suggested C25K and encouraged me to "run" about 100m along the tow path. Then both sons for equipping us with the gear at Christmas thus ensuring that we'd have to do the program . Again thanks to both sons have "cheered" us on our way with "proudnesses" as one of them kept writing - I'm SO grateful. Next in line is notpheidippides who has run with me. ( I say "with" but actually he's outrun me every week after week 1. He's cheered me on and promised his accompaniment as long as I want to run. (He did 5.7k in about 40 minutes this morning). Then I'm grateful to my GP a runner herself who has encouraged me every step of the way . I don't think though even with all that it would have been possible without the tremendous support and encouragement I've had from all of you on this forum. It's felt as if you were running with me sometimes; at others you've kept me going because I knew I'd feel guilty at having to report that I'd stopped...guilt comes very easily to me! Your own blogs have shown me that the program IS possible. I've rejoiced that so many of you have become real C25K graduates running the full 5k in thirty minutes or less and also been relieved that some of you have been just like me...slow and steady.
On Friday we're starting again at week 3 or 4 running on grass. I've never done that and if I want to do a park-run then I've got to get fit enough legs to do it I'll keep blogging though probably not as frequently. Thank you all.
I've requested my badge but am still waiting for it to appear to complete my joy