We completed our graduation run this morning and I just feel so thankful that we were able to accomplish this challenge. It was at a family dinner 9 weeks ago that the seeds for our endeavour were sown. I said that I didn't really understand what people got out of jogging and my lovely daughter who has done some running told me that it can help you feel good to which I replied "I would be no good at running". She then told me about the NHSC25k plan and another person around the table asked whether this was something that I should be starting at my age (I'm 64) to which my daughter indignantly retorted "of course she can". Well that sealed my fate and the very next morning I downloaded the lovely Laura and off I went to start wk 1. My lovely husband was bemused by it all and walked along side me(he walked faster than I could run at that stage ). That first run and in fact week 1 was so HARD!!! I set myself a goal to try and complete the plan before my 65th Birthday in September and this helped me to stay on track. I followed all the advice and scheduled the runs for Tuesday Thursday and Saturday mornings and thankfully I was able to do this without missing a session. Hubby started jogging with me halfway through Wk 2 and this helped me enormously(in fact I don't know whether I would have done it without him). At times it has felt so hard but we've had so much fun as well high 5'ing each other with every new achievement. I have posted about each run which is helpful to reflect on how far we've come and it seems funny to look back and see my hysteria at the prospect of the running time increasing from 90 seconds to 3 minutes in week 3 (I think) Back then I didn't think we'd ever run for 30 minutes and felt very different from people who were posting about their wk 7 8 and 9 runs. Well we're now one of them and if we can do it YOU CAN TOO!!! I would like to thank the NHS administrators, the lovely Laura and this whole community who have given us so much support. So many of you have taken the time to spur us on and offer us advice and for that we are eternally grateful. I know I would love to be able to respond to everyone's posts but then I'd be in danger of becoming a couch potato again!!! I wish all the very best to everyone out there - STAY POSITIVE and you will get there.
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