February 17th 2013: The date I found out about the wonderful Couch to 5K program and decided to give it a whirl.
April 10th 2013: The date I achieved Graduation, something that like many, I never thought I would achieve after week one and the realisation that I was incredibly unfit!
15th July 2013: I ran my 100th mile since graduation. 26 runs, 13,490 calories burnt (according to RunKeeper anyway)
I remember week 5 of the plan, the 3rd run I think it was. Running for 20 minutes straight having only run for 8 minutes previously. I recall actually saying out loud "HOW LONG?!" in response to Laura. I remember during that run thinking how will i ever manage this, let alone running for longer.
If anyone out there is currently at a similar stage or having doubts about their ability to complete the plan and continue on beyond, please don't give up. I was so unfit to begin with, 2 stone overweight and never thought I would be able to class myself as a runner.
21 weeks ago I couldn't run for more than a minute without stopping for a rest, 12 weeks ago I graduated and yesterday I ran in the midday heat for 1 hour and 21 minutes.
And I am completely hooked, totally addicted, well and truly been captured by the running bug. The sense of achievement is like nothing I've felt in the past.
Good luck to all running the plan and don't stop when you've finished! Keep pushing on and running further and faster!