So the whole reason I decided to do Couch to 5K was the Newcastle Race for Life, and yesterday I completed it....and I ran the whole way!
I'm so so proud of myself (it's not often that I can say that about myself!) 3 runs from graduation and I did it in just under 37 mins. The only downside was I decided to start with the 'joggers' but really should've gone with the 'runners' as there were a lot of walkers, even those with pushchairs that set off as 'joggers' so it was very frustrating trying to weave through them. I probably could've bettered my time if it wasn't for that but to be honest, time wasn't important to me, I just wanted to run it all and complete it which is what I achieved!
At the beginning of the week, I got a bad shin splint, so instead of fitting in two runs before the big day, I've been resting it all
week. I've heard great things about Kinesio Tape so thought I'd try it. My friend who does sports massage taped me up and my
god the pain reduced almost immediately, even just walking on it! I honestly don't think I could've ran more than a mile without the tape, it's amazing stuff!
What made the day so special, is the two lovely ladies who I ran for yesterday, who are both currently fighting Cancer, were at the finish line waiting for me and my friends. Queue lots of tears! They kept thanking me for doing it and I kept thanking them for inspiring me to start this whole journey! People next to us most have thought we were mad haha! But we weren't bothered!
So it's official, I can run 5k and I'm so bloody happy! 8 weeks ago I didn't quite believe I would do it, but the program DOES work!
Still gonna complete my 3 runs til graduation, and I'm gonna sign up for the Bupa Great North 5k as I really think having something booked keeps me motivated. I'm also really excited to try out my local park run!
Thank you to all the support from you guys, it really does help!