I've done it!! Tonight I completed the third run of week 9! (along with my oh Angus)
It's taken a long while, I've had problems with my achilles tendons for about eight years and I finally saw a specialist about this time last year. Treatment consisted of exercises, physio, ultrasound and no running, although I had stated that the only pain free moments were whilst running. I did exactly as I was told, I've spent years doing all the exercises but nothing worked.
In September this year I saw another "specialist" who actually sent me for xrays, scans etc. and to quote him " I have insertional tendonitis, that's a bummer" ( where the tendon joins the heel) and all of the exercises I've been doing for years "were not likely to help" I've spent hours/years doing them. He signed me off saying that I'm my own expert and I should just carry on as I saw fit. He gave me the go ahead to run, but I was to take it very slowly, he also reassured me that I wouldn't rupture my tendons, but no cure.
So I started again, right from the beginning, Angus, who had been running a bit through all this joined me at week 5. I have to say that it was a whole lot easier second time round! First time round, we got to wk 9 run 2 and Angus hurt his knee, we'd agreed to do this together so I waited for him to recover, but I got my hospital appointment and was banned from running for any longer than 5 minutes - I really wish I'd done that last run!1
But, tonight we've done it!!!! I'm so pleased!! I don't think I'll be able to do much more than 30 mins 3 x per week because of my wretched tendons, but I'm going to keep at it!
So, is 2.5 years to complete C25K a record?
And, can someone tell me how I get that much coveted badge?
Thanks for listening