Just finished week 9 run 3 (after 9 months), and here are my highs and lows:
- Week 1, run 1, I had to stop because I was going to throw up!!
- The dreaded stitch. This came on early on and really ruined the runs for me for a while. I had read lots of different ways to stop a stitch so ended up with a ridiculous situation in which I could only go for a run exactly 4 hours after eating, 1 hour after drinking and after a prohibitively long series of stretches. I still got agonising stitches, so I gave up running. After several months my other half persuaded me to try again without all the preparation, so I did and I discovered if I pushed on through, the stitches would often ease off. As the runs got longer I was better able to cope. My friend also told me that downhill made it worse for her and uphill made it better, and I really found this to be true and managed to construct a flat route that is good for me. I've still only had one run with no stitch though, and that was half an hour after finishing a huge roast dinner!
- getting my first ever pair of running trainers. Gait analysis was a revelation, and I've worn them for my daily commute every day since. Probably the best £50 I ever spent.
- Hearing the words "you've run for 5 minutes!". I felt so happy to hear that. I was previously housebound with M.E. for several years and could never have dreamed I could run for 5 minutes.
- The music on the podcasts. I really loved a lot of the songs, they were so upbeat and cheerful.
- Laura's encouragement. I really felt she was by my side!
- going out in the rain. People said I was crazy, but I love running in the rain!
- relaxing and rejuvenating - running makes me feel good!
I'd never run before C25K and I'm not interested in competing but now I know I can do it, I have an amazing new way to keep healthy and fit. Thank you so much to the NHS Couch 2 5 K and everyone involved with it.