Well I went out this morning and just after 9 am I did it....!!!! I became a member of the Graduate Club Despite some concerns about my back which has niggled and ached since Tuesday( except when I did R2 on Wednesday oddly enough) I got myself ready and out (been awake since before six!) deciding that if after the warm up walk it felt too bad I would leave it for today,albeit reluctantly.
It was fine...no it was more than fine,it was great ! When I realised I'd got to the halfway point I knew there would be no stopping me.
It was a perfect morning,refreshingly cool,a late summer golden glow,passed two fields of sunflowers and a big field of cows ..."Good Morning ladies!" ....oops,don't make eye contact though,don't want to start a stampede ...lord, that would get my pace up a bit !
I have loved W9 podcast ,though today I only seemed to hear parts of it ...I seemed to switch to somewhere else in my head and when Laura announced the final five minutes I was shocked...the last half of the run seemed to fly by.
I gave it a bit more welly,that final five minutes...I was thinking about all the amazing support I've had from you lot on here- firstly the welcome ,then the advice, the uplifting comments after a rubbish run,the sharing of the highs,the laughs ...and in that last few minutes I was imagining you at the side of the track,by the hedgerow and in the ditch,shouting encouragement and cheering me on...yeah ,I'm mad I know but I could picture you ...even the ones who still just have the green silhouette.....you know who you are !!!
Then it was done... I punched the air and there were some tears, then out from the trees stepped my husband with camera....and no, I'm not posting that on here ! ...and that's when I realised he'd 'doctored' the podcast.A few weeks ago I'd been hearing a song a lot on the radio and I said it would be good to include it on a playlist when I decide to run to my own music.
It was Lissy's "Further Away( Romance Police) and he had replaced the cool down walk with that song for me.
I never thought I'd feel so emotional crossing that imaginary finishing line,but jeez...I kept my sunnies on to hide the evidence.
He also added cheering and applause at the end of the run as Laura is speaking....but I didn't hear it....!!!! What planet was I on by then ?? I've since listened again and really don't know where my head could have been !
D has downloaded all the podcasts for me as I am an inept cretin when it comes to stuff like that and he is not
BUT, I can run for a whole 30 minutes and I am a graduate !!! and I have a shiny badge to prove it( arrived within an hour of requesting it , so thanks to the team for that).
This programme is brilliant , you are all amazing ...thankyou so much .....I'm off now before I do a Gwyneth P.
Celebrating tonight with a Desperados and a bowl of chips at the beach bar ( that's river beach as we're a long way from the coast !).
Have a fab weekend everyone and Good Luck to all the other W9 runners for your Big G xxxxx