Since graduating a few weeks back I've been playing with all sorts of things - most of them legal (though I'm not sure about the running tights) - I've done c25k+, and tried Bridge to 10K and club runs and nearly almost but not quite yet a Park Run and it's all been fun and my weekly running programme has kind of eveolved by default more than intent to one long easy run, one 20-30 minute interval type training thingy that possibly has a long name with initials or something and finally a tempo 5K - Interspersed with club run and I soon hope a park run. My favourite of these is my long easy run - steadily this has crept up from 5K to 7.6K without my really intending it to - it's one of those "oh I'll just go a little bit further' things. And today I found I had covered that 7.6K in 50minutes and a second (against a fairly strong headwind a lot of the way - which probably accounts for the second!) So I'm now three quaters of the way to 10K which I am sooooo pleased about.
50 minutes - phew - probably beyond the laws of physics and physiology... When I started this it was meant a distraction from giving up the dreadful smelly weedy cigarette things but it's kind of turned into enjoying being alive and seeing a new world out there. There's so much going on when I'm out for my runs - today when I finished by the lake there was a yacht race on and the sun was shining and it all looked so beautiful - but I also passed a woman on a mobility scooter with tubes coming out of her nose and it made me think 'that could have been me in a few years but now I'm running' and I realized that I had made one hell of an important life choice. My advice to anyone doing c25k who may be having doubts is do not even consider giving up - this is something you do for life - literally.
Of course one tremendous advantage of running even further is that I now get to eat even more ice-cream which of course is what all this is really about :))
Happy running everyone