That's it! I'm officially off the couch! I have just run the length of Wimbledon Common and on home, which Endomondo tells me is 5.16k. And I managed the 5k in 32mins 19sec. Not bad for another aged mum, although I was helped by the last 500m of the run being downhill. Next challenge - get near this time on a flat route!
Thank you all so much for your inspiring replies and posts, which have given me some really good advice , stopped me wavering, got me back on track, and showed me that running can actually be enjoyable.
The last time I ran anything like this distance was at school over 40 years ago. I hated it, and have avoided running as a form of exercise ever since. Four months ago, I was at my Diabetic Clinic for a check up, and my doctor told me very firmly that I should be doing some regular exercise. I came home and was browsing on my phone looking for health podcasts to download, and found Couch to 5K.
When I started, I couldn't run along on side of the park outside my house, let alone around it. It's taken me 15 weeks rather than 9, but I know I am fitter and feel better about myself all round. And my blood sugar levels respond to the exercise - especially when I stretch myself. I never thought I'd say this, but I think I'm going to keep on running!
Parkrun: When I can run 5k comfortably on the flat
and maybe, if the kids are up for it
A Family Team Triathlon (but I think I'll be on the bike!)
But first, the reward. A pedicure, I think. Then a session with the physio for my knees, which deserve a reward all of their own, for not giving out on me before I achieved my goal.