My apologies for the dreadful picture which is part of a photograph that the (potentially) future Mrs. Balti snapped on a recent holiday.
I really had no idea of how much of a slob I'd become and seeing this, was a rather loud wake-up call so 54 days ago I started C25K with the intention of, if not completing it, then progressing as far as I could.
In the 1st week, I struggled to manage a full 60 second run but, in mitigation, I'm 63, I'd smoked for 40 years, I enjoy copious amounts of fish & chips and Real Ale (CAMRA Member) and and finally, as Exhibit A demonstrates, I was the wrong shape.
As time went by, I gradually improved and I sensed a light at the end of the tunnel. The light became brighter and brighter and then I realized it wasn't a light at all, it was my Graduation Badge receiving a final polishing by Laura's elves!
This morning, I completed my Graduation Run. I managed to run a full 5K although it took me 40 minutes and get this, even though I could have stopped after 30 minutes and still graduated - I actually wanted to carry on and do the full 5.
I have to thank the members of this site for their help, support, advice and encouragement. If not directly, then by reading about other people's triumphs and disasters as they progressed or sadly in some cases retired to the injury couch. I might still have made it without you but it was comforting to know that I wasn't alone in my suffering.
At this stage, most new graduates annoyingly say, "If I can do it, anybody can...", I know how much it irritates you to read it, "You can't say that, you're not me!" I would growl at the computer screen, so I won't say it.
Sorry, I have to, you can, and if you follow Laura, you will!