Today is my one year 'Runniversary'. Now to a lot of people it may appear I have not advanced much and I'm certainly not in the league of those doing marathons and halves.
However let me take you back a year (Scooby Do style wibbly screen)
Week 1 Run 1 60 seconds of running. I did this in the gym because I was too scared to go outside in case anyone saw me or laughed at me.
I nearly didn't complete it. 60 seconds felt like a lifetime!
But I persevered and graduated in June. I made it outside (with a struggle!) and completed a 10km at Blenheim in October (albeit very slowly).
Then it all went pear shaped. My knee hurt a bit and I rested it. That rest went on to January this year when having put nearly a stone back on in weight I decided to get back out there with Jantastic.
I saw a physio for my knee. She 's a runner and gave me encouragement and exercises to do plus I now do strength work in the gym and a body balance class which have helped my knee.
I am now running 8km 3 times a week and am faster (though not much) than last October. I say hello to all the friendly dog walkers and other runners in the park and even have time to look at the wildlife...(though I did nearly kick a squirrel by accident this morning).
I've not really lost the weight but have trimmed up some inches and feel so much better.
The upshot is whether you are just starting out on C25K or having a break it's worth sticking it out or coming back.
I've got 2 10Ks booked (with super speedy husband - who just goes out and does 10km without breaking sweat - gnashes teeth) and hope to enter the Oxford Half Marathon in October.
Lots of plus points but today a gentleman stopped me on my way out of the park and told me how much he'd seen me improve. Made my day!
And the new 5 weeks to 5k initiative that This Morning have just launched. I can watch it and say been there done that, instead of staring longingly at the screen wishing I could run.
This is all down to C25K, Laura, dodgy music and you lovely people. ( Though I don't post much I love hearing everyone's stories)