4:50 am. Woke up. Back hurt, knee grumbling. The gremlins in my head say: "Stay in bed. It was hard on Sunday, it'll be harder today. You'll hurt yourself. WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!". Tempted to stay put.

5:45 - out of the door. Wave to the dog walker - she gives me the biggest smile ever. Could run for a million miles after that.

5:46 - realise shorts are on inside out!!! Walk of shame back home to repair the wardrobe malfunction. I can never meet the dog walker again for the rest of my life!

- "Go in the forest, go in the forest, it'll be great." Whoa, been there on W1R1 and it really didn't work. Go anyway.

- Joy of joys, I've found a long, straight, flat path in the forest. I can measure the 90 seconds to a fixed point. Game changer.

- Complete all six runs. Not easy but better than W2R1. Finding the path means that I'm looking forward to Thursday!

- Costa Rica 3 - Urugay 1. Both Urugay and England have to win next games to stand a chance of getting out of the group stage. Run Thursday morning, game starts at 8 pm. Sturridge v Suarez! Looks like Thursday will be a good day.

- Wife out on Thursday to give a flower arranging demonstration. House to myself for a few hours as well. Much as she's the light of my life....I have the house to myself while the match is on!!

- Giving up alcohol was one of the best decisions I've made. Don't think I could do this the morning after beer or wine.

- Not looking to put off being happy but I'll be a lot more comfortable when I can run a fair distance / time without feeling that the Grim Reaper is eyeing me up. If there's such a thing as a typical process, when does that happen?

- Big thanks to JuicyJu: "Push that body" really came in useful this morning!

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  • Ha ha! Great post. Happy running.

  • Great post the 'we're all going to die' had me giggling.

    Glad you ignored those gremlins

  • :-)

    Those particular gremlins sounded just like Catherine Tate as "Posh mum"...

  • Sounds like you're doing great! The programme pushes you on through - so as you get fitter it requires more of you. Don't expect it to feel too much easier any time soon, but I can guarantee you will get a huge sense of achievement and well being. Enjoy your running.

  • Thx for the feedback.

    I'm looking forward to the point where I can run the length of the High Street (1 km?) at a reasonable pace and without stopping. I'm feeling quite self conscious about running for just 90 seconds and looking like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards.

    Guess I'll just have to suck it up and get on with it. :-)

  • Funny thing you should say that about running the 1Klm. Before I had even heard of C25K, but had started out tentatively trying to run myself, I decided that I wanted to be able to walk for 5klms and run for 1Klm. I thought that even old people should be able to do that!! Actually , running for a whole 1K was a bit of a fantasy that I thought that one day I may be able to do. The thought of being able to run 5 klms non-stop was laughable and impossible!!!! :) But now-------

  • Agree with Bazza here - the biggest step was the one that got you out the door! Well done on your run and for overcoming the gremlins. Be aware they don't appear to ever really go away so remind yourself of the feeling of elation on completing each run - that will help!

    When I did Week 1 (not that long ago) I still remember that first 60 seconds as being the longest 60 seconds I'd ever experienced and I was absolutely exhausted... must have looked a right sight out there puffing and panting after about 30 metres! Then week 5 came along and I "just" managed to get the 20 minute run in... then week 9 was upon me and despite a stumble on R2, I managed to get a full 30 minutes in 3 times in a row!

    You'll be amazed at how you get progressively fitter - it's never going to be "easy" but it's achievable with the right attitude (getting out the door and ignoring the gremlins) and taking it slow and steady... the programme works!

    Well done on your run! Have fun!

  • Thanks. I'm looking forward to the day when I can post similar comments and help someone else along the way.

  • and you didnt die !!! great post, keep em coming

  • Lovely post! That really made me laugh. When I find a flat bit of trail or path it's like getting a birthday present. Sad innit

    I agree about the booze. Giving it up is a good plan. If not for life then for the life of the programme. Chances are you'll be over it by the time you've Graduated

    Good luck and happy running. Keep us posted!

  • When I found the path, it really was like someone saying "Oh well, if you're going to stick at running, you might as well have this..."

    Booze - I gave it up a couple of years ago and that action is the grandfather of taking up C25K.... Happy days.

  • Yes absolutely. Happy days indeed. I ran for the first time this morning for five days because of a stupid ankle. The things that made me smile today was the wildflower meadow that has sprung up on my walk. I ran round a corner and the scent of a huge stand of wild rose - a lovely white one with a yellow eye - stopped me in my tracks.

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