Week 9 run 3 - Exhausted but happy!

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!

Next challenges:

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.

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  • Yay! That is an amazing journey, and well done to you for having stuck with it and getting to graduation. You certainly deserve both pedicure and the physio. Congratulations!

  • Thank you. I am looking forward to both!

  • Congratuations and well done.

    Don't forget to get your "Graduate" badge.

  • Thanks for reminding me about the badge. I had to search around yesterday, but am very chuffed to see it by my name this morning!

  • Well done! My 5k time is a minute more than yours, and I did a Parkrun last Saturday - I think you should bite the bullet and go! It's a great feeling.

  • Thank you! I'm definitely going to give it a go - it's the thought of running up hill that's been putting me off. But I've checked out my local park run, and it doesn't seem to have any long uphill stretches. Now my only worry is that I will have to face up to being lapped by several of my daughter's friends' dads, who I see do this run regularly…..

  • Well done and congratulations on completing this. I hope it's a continuing help for your health.

  • Thanks! I'm sure it will be!

  • Amazing job. Well done you should feel justifiably proud of yourself. Enjoy the pedicure!

  • Thank you. I do feel proud of myself - it's an amazing feeling achieving something one thought impossible only 15 weeks ago. Good luck for your final runs - treat yourself to some new leggings as a reward!

  • Fantastic ! Well done you and well done your knees....

  • Well done!!! Me too :) cheers to us :) :)

  • Fantastic feeling, isn't it? I thought about giving up several times, but reading other people's posts has really kept me going. I am so glad I did!

    Well done to you too!

  • Congratulations! I hope you feel ridiculously proud of yourself! Lots of lovely running adventures to look forward to.

  • Thanks for all your encouragement. I couldn't have done it without you all.

    Seeing my graduate badge this morning made me feel ridiculously smug!

  • Congratulations - totally random thought coming here ...... I always think its amazing when older teenagers get confirmed (in the CofE) as I think they've obviously made that decision themselves (as who could tell a teenager what to do) as opposed to say 10 year olds who are clearly still under the parental thumb. Well you've just randomly for some reason reminded me of that as people who take longer to do this c25k are in a way more determined and dedicated and have presumably found it tougher than those who 'zip' through in 9 weeks. So, well done you. Well done - and sorry for the random thought - its amazing what comes out on this forum!

  • Thank you! It did take me longer than I had hoped, but it seemed best to give myself some extra days rest in between runs, as my joints are not as young as they were! I did have a few wobbles, , but I when I ran that first 20 minutes, I realised that if the programme had successfully got me from the couch to that point, it would also carry me through to running 30 minutes non stop, if I stuck with it. And it has!

  • Yay ! Congratulations on your Graduation, its an amazing feeling isnt it ?

    Massive high five to you for completing the programme !

    I hope you enjoy your very well deserved and well earned pedicure and physio :-)

    All the very best to you xxx

  • Thank you ! It is amazing! Am still smiling here.

  • Brilliant. Many congratulations to you. You've done so well and you should be proud. Not many people can run continuously for 30 minutes. Enjoy the pedicure but don't put your running shoes on for at least 24 hours otherwise you'll squish the lovely polish!

  • Good tip! Thank you!

  • That's brilliant well done! If you can run 5k in 32 minutes I shouldn't think parkrun will be a problem for you. Go and enjoy! x :-)

  • Thanks. It's the thought of hills that's been putting me off, but I shall just have to get out there and do it! The common is looking beautiful at the moment.

  • Well done. Be very, very proud of yourself! Keep running :)

  • Thank you. Knees willing, I will!

  • Congratulations! I certainly wouldn't worry about your 5K time! I did my 6th on Sat and got my 5th consecutive PB and STILL take 38 mins! Just do it! It's fantastic! Well done again on graduating! Enjoy your pampering :-)

  • Thank you! I will!

  • Well done 😊 inspiring to us all... great 5k time as well!

  • Thank you very much. It was faster than I thought it would be, but I'm delighted with the time and that I managed to keep going - it was hot here yesterday and I was pretty exhausted when I got to the 4k mark, and realised I'd overdone it in the earlier stages of the run. Thank goodness that the last stretch was downhill! Will have to learn to pace myself better.

  • Congratulations to you! Well done on your big day. Best wishes for all your future runs - go for the parkrun you'll love it.

  • Thank you! I'm going to have to do this run now…...

  • Brilliant. Well done you!!! :)

  • Thank you!!

  • 🎵congratulations🎵🎵🎵

  • Thank you!

  • Congratulations! You have done so well. Are you a Richmond/Wimbledon local? There is a parkrun in Richmond Park but it's downhill for the first half then uphill on the second, urrggh! But you should definitely do one, they are such fun and really friendly.

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