There are lots of new names here since I last posted - and a few of my old friends as well. To give some background, I started C25K almost exactly a year ago and graduated last November. I had a fairly sporadic winter in terms of running -2 bouts of illness and all the ice that kept me indoors most of the time for about 3 months. Then I started again in the spring and managed some Parkruns and the 5x50 challenge. However, we moved house in June (to a place from which everywhere is downhill) and I also discovered that my long-standing health issue doesn't respond well to hot weather!
However, I have felt for a while that I was missing running and needed to get moving again. So - with kids going back to school today I decided to get back out there.
First decision was what level to start at after such a long time out? Well - when I was ill earlier in the year and took 2-3 weeks at a time off I was able to start back on Stepping Stone and see how I went. I felt that this would be a bit ambitious this time, so I went for week 5 run 1 of the C25K program. I was fortunate that the walking spells matched up nicely with the uphill parts of my route! I'm pleased to report that I managed it pretty well - I ran all I was supposed to and didn't struggle as much as I probably did the first time around (still ended up beetroot coloured though). I'll try week 5 run 2 next time - Thursday if possible.
However, I'm already a bit nervous about the prospect of week 5 run 3 and the dreaded 20 minutes. I know that "if you can do the preceding runs you'll be fine", having been up to 5K earlier in the year but somehow that run 3 has a special power!
I don't log in here very much now as the new site doesn't support the browser on my normal computer (which is IE9 so not exactly ancient - maybe it's the Vista the site doesn't like). However, now I'm back in my running shoes I'll try and visit more often.
Have a great rest of week everyone