It’s not you, it’s me.
I don’t deserve a couch as good as you. Don’t get me wrong; I wanted this to work. We have shared some good times, some great times even but now....We have just grown apart. Sorry
I did it folks. I have broken up with the couch (although we remain friends and still meet up now and again)
Graduation day has come and having been inspired by my fellow niners tales of triumph and tears, my four legged running companion and I set out at 11am for that final climb to the summit. A beautiful day for running here in Glasgow, still and calm and not too warm but still warmer than the 5am start we are used to.
A new graduation loop was chosen, slightly more than 5k and off we set after the mornings upbeat story of you and julie.. you and julie....
I decided to take this one nice and slowly and to really enjoy the hard work and effort of these past nine weeks. The run was quite uneventful. I swallowed flies, (loads of flies around compared to the morning, only to be expected I suppose) the dog did his normal duck and rabbit chasing and at one point he set off on quite an amazing sprint across a marsh at God only knows what.
Pace and breathing kicked in early which is quite unusual in its self, and the kilometres just slipped by. Before I knew it, my loop had come to an end and I had to continue round for a bit to complete Lauras 30 minutes even finishing with a last minute pacey 250metres.
These past 9 weeks have gone oh so quickly and I would like to thank each and every one of you for all your encouragement, tips and inspirational stories. I was so self concious when I set out on that first 60 second run, hiding my running away on an out of the way path, fearing that I would never manage the first week and if spotted, people would just point and laugh.
For those who are on the early weeks, keep the faith and keep those legs moving. You will want to stop but please keep at it if you are not injured. You will have such an amazing feeling of achievement at the end of every run.
For those considering the programme, please follow through on your thoughts. If I can do this, anyone can.
For the future, I will consolidate for a week or so and then move on. I have in mind to run 3 times a week ( 1 shorter, faster run of 3k or so, 1 5k run and 1 longer run, eventually working up to 10k.
Thank you for reading and good luck to you all.