Can't believe it, but it's true, I only went and did it! *does a little scream*
Woke up this morning thinking I might run, did a few gentle stretches and decided the ancient knees needed another day's rest. Sat down to a nice cup of tea, looked in on the forum and read Miles_Yonder's inspiring post and several others and thought sod it, I'm going to run!! So I donned my Tubigrip and off I went....
It was a day of firsts for me: 1) I've never run in the rain before and I really like it.
2) I've never run without my glasses before but rain and specs aren't compatible so thought I'd give it a go. And guess what? Not being able to see your watch is really liberating. It stops you thinking about your time.
3) I've never run so late before (set off at 7:45am) Didn't really like that too much. Much more traffic and traffic fumes. I'm definitely an early bird.
4) I've never set out to run 5k before. In all my other runs I've just concentrated on finishing, but today, today I thought I'd go for it. I ran with Laura right up to the moment when she said " you've got another 60 seconds," then I swapped over to my favourite band at the moment, Bastille, and just carried right on running.
I am so proud, so unbelievably proud and happy. I did 5.1k in just over 37 minutes before I slowed to a walk again. The ancient knees feel fine and I'm abuzzing like a bee on a lavender bush!!
So what have I learned on this amazing running journey that is c25k?
1) There's always a little bit left in the tank, even when you're exhausted, if you really believe there is.
2) I love running - and that's saying something for a woman who was always terrible at school sports.
3) I'm not ancient! When I first joined the forum that's how I felt- like an ancient mum, well passed my best and physically a bit rubbish. But now I feel like EpicMum, GazelleMum, RunningMum, FabFor55Mum, anything but AncientMum.
4) I only made it because of the support, encouragement, advice and kindness I got from all you lovely people on here.
So thank you very much to you all, my lovely lovely running buddies. Now please help yourselves to a massive slice of cyber chocolate graduation cake. Go on, you know you want to!