That's it! I've done it! Not quite 5k in 30mins. Managed 4.48k so will keep working on that but I am so chuffed! Looking back it is just incredible how this plan works. I am so grateful to this forum for all the help and support. I run early morning as if I leave it till the evening I might not actually do it and there has been many a morning when the alarm has gone and I really did not want to get up and get out there. However, a quick look at the posts on here and that soon gets sorted! Just knowing there are other people out there going through it with you really helped. On my final run this morning my I spent the time reflecting over the last 9 weeks and realised what a journey it has been. I thought I might summarise a few of my thoughts for you....
My happiest memory
Completing W5R3, the dreaded 20 mins! I think this was when I realised how far I had already come and that I might actually get to running for 30 mins.
My worst memory
Week 8. Don't ask me why, I just really struggled with this one from start to finish
My best advice to people starting the plan
May seem obvious but invest in some decent trainers. I did this at the beginning mainly because I suffer from curvature of the spine and wanted to do everything I could to minimise the risk of injury. I got my gait analysed and bought the trainers accordingly. I am fortunate enough to have not incurred any sprains or pains (apart from the obvious aching) right the way through the 9 weeks and I am sure this is partly due to having decent footwear. I might add that as these were quite an expense for me all of my running clothes have been very cheap-mostly Primark. I have found this stuff perfectly adequate
Weight loss has been fairly minimal but my body shape has changed significantly. All of the dreaded 'overhang' above my waistband has disappeared. This is an added bonus! I decided not to change my eating habits too much as I just enjoy my food too much!
The way forward...
I now plan to keep running for 30 mins 3 times a week and reassess myself in 9 weeks. I am looking forward to doing my own playlist I must admit but a also aware that I may miss Laura and her advice. I also need to make sure I keep myself motivated. At the moment I plan to do that by remembering W1 and how hard it was to run for 1 min. I do not want to go back to that level of fitness again!
Anyway, sorry for waffling on. This has been quite a journey and thank you to you all for being on it with me. Good luck to anyone doing the plan. Stick with it, you really can do it! Now where's that graduation badge?!