i just wanted to say Hello and thank you to everyone who has posted in response to others and therefore indirectly kept me motivated and on track. You have answered my unasked questions and convinced me that even as an unfit 44 year old, with a million excuses for failing prepared, I could do this.
It has taken a while - it was plain sailing (but hard work) till just before Christmas when a nasty flu laid me off for 6 weeks (I tried running regardless but then found on the forum that running with a chesty cough was a really bad idea!..it is !!) First i really missed running, then i was scared about going back to it so just kept putting it off - where to start ? back to the early weeks would have left me demoralised, so i picked up where i left off - just a little slower paced.
My podcast failed repeatedly when i ran in the gym, my headphone leads annoyed me, cant run at the gym without music ....so boring..... so i went "off piste" and moved outside - in the sleet!
There are lots of REALLY steep hills by the sea in Devon so that was a nightmare and i had to walk some bits, and my overall times were shocking......but instead of giving up I sorted a playlist and some bluetooth headphones, said goodbye to Laura and headed back to the gym. The hill work had obviously done some good as my pace had picked up markedly and I was nearly there.
So I am thrilled to say that yesterday I ran for 40 minutes, non stop, not fast , but I did it ..and i could have kept going i am quite sure (but daughter needed picking up) I always finish lobster red, sweating and euphoric. I still look a state in my gym gear but now I go straight from the gym to the supermarket - i really dont care! It's obvious I've been out running and i dont care what people think (and i dont say that often) I am soooooo amazingly chuffed with myself ( and I dont say that often either)
Thanks guys the forum has been amazing xx