Well yesterday was 1 year since graduation for me...where did that year go ??
I wanted to mark the occasion for myself with a run and decided it needed to be a 10K again...something I haven't managed since the end of May.
Running-wise I've been in a bit of a slump since the end of June,throughout July and a good chunk of August after a combination of aches and pains ,then a virus which laid me low for nearly a fortnight,saw my runs and my running mojo seriously diminish.
So these past few weeks after giving myself a pep talk and a good kick up the bum...and spurred on by the determination to stick to the current Quest ( thanks Rfc...you are a star for organising these ) and by all the good stuff I read on here, I started to tentatively increase my runs again so I could go for my "10" .
So this weekend I went out nice and early....over the bridge as the last of the mist was rolling across the river,up my usual rough track ....where I did almost all my 9 weeks of C25K, off out into the lanes past the fields of fading sunflowers,past the maize...taller than me...and quickening my pace at that point just in case the maize monsters came out after me.
Reaching the midway point of 5K I was feeling really good...enjoying myself even ( that doesn't always happen !) so I carried on a bit.
I ate some jelly babies at 6K ...my "reward" then a little bit further on decided I should be sensible and turn back as I didn't want to be having to walk the last few kms .
In all I ran 12.6K...my furthest yet (13.4 counting the warmup walk and the short walk home from the bridge ).
I felt so good all day...no achey legs or anything
This year since graduating I feel fitter,more toned,happier in my head.I can slip into size 10 skinny jeans....first time since my 20's. On run days I've got more energy and usually feel good in my own skin...." bien dans sa peau " as the French say...it's a great feeling.
I'm still surprised by the changes in this past year.....I have running books by the bed and on my Kindle,running magazines around the house ( recently I was lucky to be given 3-years worth of back issues of RW mag ). I follow as many running blogs as I do craft-based ones.
I get as much of a buzz from buying running gear as I do from normal clothes ( I actually have bought way more run stuff than normal clothes come to think of it )and I've spent the most amount of dosh on run shoes than on any others ever...well, apart from a pair of boots a few winters ago,but sshhh...that's a secret .
I count myself really lucky I've never yet got an injury from running...the hip and knee problems I've had have been caused by being pulled over by a dog ( twisted knee) and colliding with a garden sunlounger in the dark whilst mildly inebriated .
I really feel for those of you stuck on the injury couch or just off it and battling to get back to fitness.
I always run solo,have never run with anyone else.Not by choice,it's just that very few people run round here except sometimes in the summer when there are a few holiday visitors around. There are no FunRuns,charity runs, 10Ks or HMs to train for...no Parkruns, so if I'm in competition it's just with myself.
When I was working my way through the 9 weeks of C25K I always knew that once I'd started it I would complete the programme.....I wrote in one of my posts at the time that for me and C25K ,failure just wasn't an option.I am so glad I did it and even more glad this forum exists with all it's lovely inspiring and motivational people and that I found it.
I'm well aware I'm very fortunate I can run at anytime to suit myself...unlike many on here,I don't need to fit it around work and /or family commitments.Also I'm really in awe of those who have embarked on this when they have ongoing health issues, difficult medical conditions to deal with etc. Hats off to you people...in fact ,you serve to spur the rest of us on ...especially on those days when we just don't feel like it .
You're all inspiring one way or another,here on this forum...with your advice on everything from clothing and gadgets to CRM recipes. I can't imagine my life without running now ....a crazy statement for a sport-hating,craft-loving ,onetime couch potato,but there we go.
One whole year...it's had its ups and downs ,of course and there's many a time I've laced up my shoes,forced myself out and not enjoyed the run - but almost always have felt better afterwards for the going.
Life isn't always that bed of roses or bowl of cherries...when it gives you lemons you know what you have to do if you can....you go running
Yep...one year down and I'm glad I do....Happy New Year, Happy Running all xxxxxxx