Today it's exactly 1year since I started this wonderful programme, running before 6am so nobody would see me. W1r1- so exhausting but such fun. By the time Laura told me to slow down to a walk I was completely hooked. I'd never done any sport at school (too slow; glasses; useless hand to eye coordination), in fact I would probably have been voted girl least likely to run (if such an accolade had existed!) But that day I did run. You know that moment when something just clicks and you know- you know deep down- that something is right and it's almost like coming home? Well that was me at the end of w1r1.
It hasn't been a smooth journey for me though. I had knee trouble almost from the start that got progressively worse and worse. Lovely KittyKat was a fountain of advice and encouragement and, with the support of the amazing people, on here I graduated, running my first 5k on w9r3 (NOT I hasten to add in 30minutes).
Summer saw me confined to the Injury Couch for over 2 month as my knee troubles finally got the better of me, but I was lucky enough to find a great physio (Lovely James) who not only sorted out the problem but also taught me how to avoid it recurring. So I redid some of the early runs of the programme and worked my way up to 5k again. A PB under 36min and doing the Leeds Mo-Run in Novemeber with my sister and niece, in memory of my dad, are the 2 highlights of my return to running.
And now here I am, back on the IC yet again, this time with a broken ankle, and just desperate to run again. Things are healing, I can feel that they are, and I have an appointment with Lovely James on Saturday to start my rehab. I suspect my gait is wrecked and I'm going to have to learn to run again from scratch but bring it on! I've done it before, so I know I can do it again.
Finally, the best thing about c25k, is this amazing wonderful forum. Officially the best place on the whole internet. I've spent hour and hours on here literally laughing until I cried reading some of your posts; being amazed and inspired by your stories, your achievements, your determination and your personal journeys; being consumed with envy looking at the photos of where you run (and the shoes you run in); learning so much from all your fantastic advice; being encouraged and buoyed up by your kindness and enthusiasm and, sometimes, finding tears streaming down my cheeks as I learned of your sorrows and personal tragedies.
So, my dear friends, thank you for everything. This year has been wonderful in so many ways. Please help yourself to my massive Runniversary cake. For those of you who don't like chocolate (and I'm told such strange and exotic creatures do indeed exist) then there's strawbery pavlova and vegan carrot cake. Oh, and don't forget to pick up a glass of bubbly too. Cheers! xxx