I still can't quite believe it, but yes I graduated this evening! I am so happy & feel such a great sense of satisfaction and achievement. I really am on cloud nine at the moment.
I have come such a long way since I started this on 11th June 2013. I was overweight, unfit, had high blood pressure, sore knees and on top of all that the depression I have fought for many years was starting to rear its ugly head again.
From somewhere inside myself I managed to find the motivation to start C25K, and can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed making my way through it week by week. I've listened to my body, gone all the way through at an easy pace, and usually left two days between runs, so it has taken me more than nine weeks to complete.
Completing C25K today is all the more satisfying because I tried and failed a year ago. I got as far as finishing W5 then I twisted my right knee and couldn't run for a while. I never found the motivation to get back to it, so I am so happy that this time I've seen it through and successfully completed it.
Doing C25K has had such positive results for me - since I started I have lost quite a bit of weight, I am much fitter and my stamina has improved, my blood pressure is down to almost normal, my knees no longer hurt, and the depression has vanished. I have also discovered a toughness within myself that I didn't know I had, battling through tough runs and refusing to give up until I got to the end.
Thanks to everyone on this forum who has encouraged and supported me - you lot are utterly awesome, it's been wonderful sharing your stories and I couldn't have done this without you all.
So now on to the next thing - I'll be back out there on Wednesday for my first post-graduation run!