I am maybe just a little bit excited now! Today I finished Week 9 Run 3! It wasn't 5K, only 4.63 KM in 30:23 mins, but that still counts doesn't it? My average pace was 10.33 min/mile so it wasn't my fastest time ever, but I kept going.
As usual, about 14mins in I started to feel very weary, but knowing that I could finish the programme if I just kept running was pretty amazing motivation!
For everyone who hasn't read my other blogs, my journey through C25K hasn't always been that smooth or elegant. When I started it at the very end of April 2013 - after being caught off guard by a friend who encouraged me to sign up to Race for Life - I realised that I needed to do some training to be able to complete it at anything more than a leisurely amble. I had loved running when I was in my teens, but as an adult I had put on a lot of weight and stopped exercising. Having a kid two years ago hadn't really helped my body either!
Week 1 Run 1 was an absolute nightmare and I felt incredibly sick, plus embarrassed about people seeing me run. Spurred on by the fantastic support from this forum, I carried on, but a couple of weeks in the pain in my knees got so bad that I could barely walk let alone run. The doc said that I had pulled the same muscle in both my knees and that I had to have a break from exercise and do knee strengthening exercises. What a set-back! Some time later I bought myself a decent pair of running trainers and started Couch 2 5K again!
This time around it wasn't quite so bad and I made fairly steady progress I think, but I seem to remember that I had to try quite a few of the runs more than once before I could complete them. The Race for Life went fine, but I found Weeks 7 and 8 very hard and thought that I might never finish the programme at one point! Even my smart phone seemed to struggle with the longer runs!
Well, I am thrilled to say that I have finally done it. To all of you folk who like me were nowhere near the end 9 weeks into the programme - there is hope! I am still quite large, but I have dropped from a 20/22 to a comfortable size 20 and could probably squeeze into something a bit smaller if I set my mind to it. I am definitely much fitter too! Although I can't say that I enjoy most of my runs yet, I do start to missing running during my 2 day rest break and I do experience the odd moment where the running, countryside and sunshine all just work beautifully together!
In terms of my initial embarrassment about running - I passed a group of refuge collectors the other day on a run and they just shouted 'Go Girl!' at me nonchalantly jogging by in my lycra! Good luck to everyone who is struggling! This forum has helped me to stay motivated so many times and will help you too!