Just over a year ago I started c25k and I never thought that I would still be running today. I still sometimes battle to 'get myself out there', and wonder why I'm doing it, but it's now 'in my blood' and I am hooked.
Yesterday at 8am I went up into the hills nearby with my faithful dog. This run was special because it made me remember how I slogged through every imaginable weather condition to complete c25k last year. But I remember it with pride, and I remember those who encouraged me along the way.
So yesterday the weather was ok when I started, but soon the hail stones started, cutting into my face. I turned back, using it in my head as an excuse to cut my run short. But then, the snow started! It's luscious, gentle flakes, sprinkling a thin carpet of white, just for me and my dog to make our footprints in. So, I turned round again, and just enjoyed the special, free feeling of running and enjoying everything around me. We saw a deer run across the path and later on a fox, which my dog tried to chase! I've never seen either of these on my hill runs before, so it made it all the more special.
So to all you beginners out there - keep going, keep going, it really is worth it, I promise you! There will be good and bad runs, aches, pains and possibly injuries. Days of umming and ahhing whether to go out or not.
For me, I love it. Rain, sun, hail or snow, I love it!