Time for an annual appraisal as it is now 1 year since i stopped smoking
IT took some doing but i finally stopped on the 1st of february last year. I then started to walk everyother day to try and get fitter and healthier , then i was walking everyday 3-4miles each day , I already knew about C25K from a colleague at work but always thought I can't run ,blimey i had been a couch potato and some for the last 20-30 years , eating unhealthly drinking to much coffee etc etc etc etc
It started off with thinking to myself well ok lets see if you can jog a little, so i did and felt all of that extra waistline wiggling about , not a pleasant site i can imagine , but i did manage to jog for a very short distance then walked abit more and jogged a bit more . So i then thought F**k it i will give it go and start C25K ,what had i got to lose??? Nothing is the answer .
So in september 2014 i started off on week1 run 1 ,this was after an abortive try with the app which was somehow lagging and almost doubling the run times , no wonder i was so kanckered lol, i then got the podcasts and of course the lovely laura and found this forum and off i went .
9 weeks later WOW to my amazement and astonishment i had only gone and graduated and was fast becoming addicted to running , I posted here after each run ,which now seems a bit much lol but everyone and i do mean everyone here was so supportive and encouraging, I as never really alone even though i ran on my own
From there it has spiralled and spiralled to not just running 5k, i am now looking at 10K and who knows what beyond , my times for 5k have come down and down from 37mins to a Runkeeper recorded 30:58 .I now run at parkrun pretty much every saturday, my 1st was on Christmas day and havent looked back since , and my PB there is now 31:20
I love running and how it has changed me as a person not just physiclaly aut mentally as well ,i am alot stronger minded than i ever thought I now eat better I sleep better and feel so much better in myself and about myself .
This is all down to running !!! or should i say taking those 1st steps of C25K when peoeple say it is live changing you dont realise how right there are
So a really big thank you to all here you take the time to reply to my posts and continue to be encouraging and supportive and offer advise from their experiences . Heres to the next wonderful year of being a non smoker and everything that running will bring to me
I'll shut up now ..