W9R3 completed tonight ..... but my faithful canine companion throughout this journey had to bail out half way through! Bella my 12 year old Springer was just too tired to complete our graduation run and had to be collected en route (I didn't stop running)!! She's fine but preferred her nice warm bed to the dark evening.
A few thoughts of reflection:
I started out about 11 weeks ago feeling fat and so out of shape, boy did I wobble as I ran I re-did week 1 because I hadn't the confidence to approach week 2 in such bad shape. I've only lost a couple of pounds over the course, but the wobble has gone and I feel so much more alert. Hopefully as my speed increases some extra pounds will be shed
This community has got me through the programme - just dipping in and out over the weeks seeing how everyone has got on has given me such inspiration and support. Thanks to you all
Trust in the programme and listen to Laura! It really does work - the music may not always be to taste but I never felt I could abandon Laura - and will probably catch up with her once a week on future runs
My village has more inclines than I ever realised when I was walking or driving - difficult at times but ultimately good for the stamina. The downhill bits are a welcome relief and reward.
I'll never be a marathon or half marathon runner but to be able to run for 30 minutes ....... and enjoy 25 of them is fantastic.
So onwards and upwards. I've still to reach 5k in the 30 minutes, and am still finding the last 2/3 minutes hard but I will persevere, I've got my 5k route mapped out and that's the next target..... for Bella too