Twelve and a half weeks after starting on the programme I have finally completed my final run!
It's certainly been an interesting time. I've never done anything like it before, so didn't know if I'd enjoy it or make it to the end. I can't say it's been easy, but neither has it been so hard that I felt I wanted to give up (though there have been middle of the night confidence crises!).
I've had to take it slowly and sensibly as I have some spinal compression fractures that I didn't want to aggravate (so two runs per week only in the later weeks). I'm also epileptic, so didn't want to overdo things and upset the applecart there either (tiredness can be a trigger). I have obviously done the right thing as I've remained injury and illness free throughout, thank goodness.
I've not set any speed or distance records so far - the furthest I've run has been just over 3.5K - so I will try now to increase my distance to 5K gradually and without putting unnecessary strain on my body.
Without wanting to sound like someone making an Oscars speech, I really do need to thank every one of you on this forum for, metaphorically, holding my hand every step of the way. I have 'met' some amazing people, all with different backgrounds, motivations, levels of ability, personal challenges, etc but all so supportive of one another. That has been a brilliant, and heartwarming, experience in itself. Good luck to you all with your myriad of different personal quests!
Well you won't be getting rid of me that easily, I shall still pop up here now and again to see how everyone is doing, so keep up the good work everyone! And thanks again for being there!