Is it really a year ago today I nervously stepped out of the door and did W1R1?
Time is curiously elastic. It seems like only yesterday I was gasping along wondering if I was ever going to beable to run 3 joined up minutes. On that first week out I had to pause the podcast after the third 60 second run and stand hands on knees while the world swirled round me and I gasped for breath. I remember walking up and down past Running Bath before getting up the nerve to go in to get my first pair of running shoes, because i felt such a fraud and was sure they would tag me for the lifelong non-runner I was until then.
And yet, can it be only a year ago? despite weeks at a time on the Injury or Sick couch I take it entirely for granted now that I can go out and run 5, 10, 15k. I've done a good couple of dozen races at all distances up to Half Marathon, many of which gruelling cross country, mud runs and obstacle races. I haven't done a full marathon yet, but have one later in the year and, whilst I'm not blase about it, am not phased by it either - I know if I train properly and put in the miles I'll be able to do the distance (and even though I probably will end up not end up training properly, injure myself a few weeks beforehand and panic prepare when I should be tapering, I'll still manage to get round somehow).
I'm still not fast, and probably never will be, because I lack the discipline to train properly for speed or the ambition to push myself for it, but I'm pleased when my times improve, and more importantly, I have a lot of fun.
I originally started with C25k simply to get mysefl fitter after a health scare, but it turned out to be the gateway drug to discovering a great enjoyment of all sorts of sport and fitness activities. Having got myself a good deal fitter than I was, I am now working on new challenges - increasing my flexibility, functional strength, stamina etc. I remember making excuses to myself while procrastinating about starting C25k about how difficult it would be to find 30 minutes three times a week to run. Now I do an hour's workout every morning, do Spin, Yoga, Kenpo, Crossfit, run half an hour to an hour 5 days a week and have more time on my hands and energy than I ever did before. I have lost more than two stone, reduced my Resting Heart rate by 15 and halved my body fat. Without any pushing from me, my wife and edler son have started C25k and are both experiencing the same surprise and self confidence I did as they progress through it. My only regret is that I didn't start doing it years ago.
So, thanks Laura, and thanks all of the wonderful people here who have been so supportive on the first year of my journey. Am looking forward greatly to what year two holds.
Oh and here is my latest piece of Bling (and another tablecloth for those of you who follow my tablecloth collection), which arrived this morning, in a piece of great synchronicity (well actually in a padded envelope), for the Night-time virtual OCR I did last week.