Well after a week of dodgy Internet Connections I am finally home and able to get a good connection.
As some of you know, this week has not been easy. After the first run of the week I had lost my running mojo and seriously considered giving up running completely. I was on holiday, running in a totally new place, walking up and down cliffs, eating too much of the wrong things and thinking to myself "Why go running when your supposed to be relaxing" even the thought of graduation week was not enough to get me going.
After a few warming comments on this forum, I decided to do the second run. Both runs were not easy. Most of the area was slopes and very little flat which did not help and my mojo had still some way to go to returning.
Thursday was a rest day and although the thought of running did not have me jumping for joy, it did not fill me with dread like earlier in the week.
Friday dawned and with it rain for the first time during the programme. What a test. Would I get up?..........Yes I did. 5.30 - Got dressed, quick drink of water, wrapped the mp3 player in a sandwich bag (to keep it dry) and off I set.
Rain had turned to intermittent drizzle (so still no run in proper rain) ground was wet so kept to the roads.
The first 5 min were hard as was the steep inclines on the route. Thought of packing it in but then thought "Hold on, this is your graduation run, just 25 min to go" I also thought of Miles Yonder who would have already graduated even at that early hour, treemouse and runner56 who would be graduating on that day as well, so slowly but surely each 5 min passed until Laura said "just 5 min to go" so I headed for the cliff top for my grand finish.
Laura said that was it - I had done it!!!!!!!! A double fist pump in celebration and a beaming smile to boot. Finishing on top of the cliff over looking Durdle Door and Portland Island - perfect.
After 9 weeks it was done. Running for 30 min non stop. It was not fast and not sure how far I ran but that did not matter, it was done. I would not have believed it possible looking back at struggling to run for 1 min in week 1.
I would not say my running mojo has returned fully, but now being back home, getting back into a routine again may help. Will have to wait until Monday to answer that.
During the 9 weeks I can only recall one run which I enjoyed fully. There have been runs which were good and bad and then runs which were all bad. I have not stopped wearing heavy jogging bottoms and a top which is 3 sizes too big, I have run slower than a snail on Sunday. I have felt sick after some runs, shattered, worn out and sweating profusely but I have kept going.
So to those who are starting out or on the early stages keep going. It is worth it. You will feel better and look better (so I am told. I cannot see any changes but others tell me they can).
I just want to say thank you for all your support on this forum. Some very good words of wisdom and encouragement from many of you. In particular KittyKat007 who has helped me this week and my fellow runners in arms, Miles Yonder, treemouse and runner56 for keeping me going.
To my brother Andy who introduced me to this programme and started running the same day as m but had to stop due to a knee injury and of course Laura for her words of encouragement, if not her taste in music.
All the best to everyone on this forum and I hope you all continue to succeed in your running