I graduated the C25k programme in early spring of 2013, but since then have had a number of things vying against me, from asthma and mental health problems to a torn ligament, strained calf muscles and foot surgery. However one thing hasn't changed, my desire to be able to run.
So, over the past month I have been having sessions with a functional performance specialist who was recommended to me by the local branch of Up & Running to help with my repeated calf strains. I think he must sideline in being a wizard, because he seems to have worked some magic.
The last time I ran (about a month ago) it was horrible. I decided to go back and start C25k all over again, but this time bearing in mind everything that Ben has been teaching me. I went out this morning before it got too hot and it was fab!
For the first time I managed to find a good balance between cadence and stride length which meant that my pace on the run intervals averaged 9:50 min/mile. I've never managed to sustain that pace and repeat it on each interval before.
I'm pretty damn pleased and I'm glad to be back