Couldn't have planned it better - for run 2 of week 9 on Thursday last I brought my boyfriend with me. He is much fitter than I am, having run for years, but kept to my pace (he maintains that taking smaller steps makes it easier on this back, suits me just fine!!) It made a nice change so he came out with me again last night. He suggested a warm-upon the (detested) elliptical/cross-trainer at home, followed by stretches and straight into the run from the front door. Have to hand it to him - it worked a treat! We took it nice and easy and by the halfway point I was feeling ambitious so we kept going a particular road sign that I knew to be 2.5k from my house (all very lo-tech, no garmin for me...yet!!), my attitude by then was, if I have to do a longer cool-down walk, so be it! 30mins came and went, still feeling good, dragged my butt up that hellish hill, total adrenalin rush..kept going on and slowly, oh so slowly completed my first 5k!!It took a grand total of 43mins at snail pace but going past 3 excited/noisy dogs, 2 sleepy dogs and 2 happy dogs on the back of a tractor I got there. I love the open road!
Like so many fellow c25kers, this is the first time I have EVER stuck with any sort of sport or physical training and I would have to credit the community here for all the encouragement and advice, even when not posting I am reading posts daily and they have made the world of difference. So..while I hope this is only the beginning, I have graduated c25k and nothing can take that away. Wohoo!!