This morning i woke to my biggest challenge since week1 r1 , after having to take 2.5 weeks off due to injury (due to being fitted with the wrong running shoes) and fit enough to run again, recovering on the treadmill, i went out this morning and did w5 r3 outside in the day light!!!!! Up until the injury i would only go late at night when the world was snoozing but this plan has given me a new found confidence. When i started the c25k i did it on my own, Mr Flump decided i was having too much fun and of course i needed supervising when out as apparently i get into all types of trouble when left to my own devices, he decided to join me on my C25K Journey, which is now become our journey.
We are fortunate to live on the south coast and this morning was a beautiful morning, so after waking Mr Flump and asking him if he wanted to run inside or out, he opted for in..... i managed to convince him that we could go to Hayling Island and run the Billy trail..... For those of you who don’t know it, i believe it is the old railway line which has since been made into a wonderful, walk, run, cycle, horse riding route right next to the water and FLAT (which is very important).
So off we set, after 2 mins i was ready to die, i couldn’t get my breath, so i talked myself through what i was feeling and why, remembering i had completed the last 8 runs on the treadmill which i found sooooo much easier than outside. I decided i must be going too fast so i slowed it down, i swear the walkers thought i was having so sort of attack as i huffed and puffed my way past them. I had already decided as soon as Laura said you are half way i was turning round to head back. But when she said i had run 5 mins, i thought she was lying to me, it felt like i had run for at least 8 or 9mins, but i kept going. at 10mins in if Laura was real i would of kissed her, seriously that was the sweetest voice i have heard in a long time. We turned around and began our long slow trek back, but i was really starting to wane so i slowed it down to a pace which grass grows faster than i was moving, however i was still moving and in my mind that was still better than giving up. At two mins to go, i was so close to stopping and would of been really angry at myself if i had given into my gremlins, instead i picked a spot on the floor where i went into the shade and kept saying “just get to the shade” once there i would say “get to the sun” and so on until Laura said it was time.
Oh my gosh i cried when she said it was over, i couldn’t believe it 8 weeks ago i thought that Mr Flump would find me slumped up against some car in the wee hours of the morning and today i managed to keep moving for 20mins that is such an accomplishment as i am not small by any stretch of the imagination.
Next week i have to go out of the country for work and now i think i am ready to take to the streets while gone and not be ashamed of my size but proud that i am doing something for me and enjoying it. Also i think i have discovered the secret of this plan, it’s not about how far or how fast it’s about keeping moving not matter the speed just keep moving and believe in yourself.
Thank you everyone for the time and inspiration you give to all who come here, you are all amazing.