I'm not a keen poster as i have little of interest to tell BUT somehow wanted to mark the day before it disappears by telling you all "it's been a year!" A whole year since i ran W9R3 and graduated C25K. Still sometimes can't quite believe it!
Not fast, not very ninja-like, extremely red-faced, sound like a train BUT totally love and get those kicks out of my running. Have managed 5km in 30 and have managed 10km in 60 mins and have pounded out 15km longest but mostly i do whatever takes my fancy either during the day as i'm waiting to run or as the mood takes me when i get my shoes laced up.
I started C25K to be sure i wouldn't ever smoke another cigarette (that's going fine, euuuuuw how could i ever have enjoyed THAT disgusting habit?!?). I've also ditched 12kg of dispensable bodyweight, discovered and fallen for quinoa, chia and Jillian Michaels (well, her training videos anyway!) and developed an interest in technical sports clothes (and resistance training, ie, resisting buying!). My feet and knees and toes cause me no end of troubles, I've fallen over pavements and invisible obstacles at least 3 times, i fractured my wrist on one fall and walked into a glass door cracking my nose after a late run another time.
The most amazing thing though is i started doing this "thing" - right about now a year ago - being a bit of a Formula 1 fan it suddenly occurred to me that the majority of circuits are about 5km. I started plotting routes on Map My Run that looked as close as i could get to the Formula 1 circuit that was being raced at the time. It'll be Silverstone in 2 weekends time and Silverstone was the first one i mapped. My dream was then to run on Silverstone track itself and, as dreams go, this one came true exceedingly quickly because i did! On the first weekend of May this year, which was the anniversary of me stepping out for the very first time for W1R1 with Laura. It was the most amazing Wings For Life World Run (sponsored entirely by Red Bull) and i'm so very very proud of my son who flew over to England with me and also ran ... what a weekend! I've put the post-run photo up because i'm very fond of Mark Webber and he was there running too, though i'm just standing alongside a photo of him from the previous year!
Running is such an amazing addition to my life - following the trip to the WFL race we headed to Spain for the Grand Prix which meant the chance to run along the beachfront in Barcelona and yes, even running on the F1 race track there, though only for a short section and only casually (oh and all the way up the pit lane!).
Better post this before the day is done - my apologies for rambling (i cut it very very short to be honest!!!!) - just wanted to conclude with "I FEEL LUCKY" to be able to run in my own little way and to take even MORE joy from everything because of it. Before i sign off, a massive THANK YOU to you guys on the forum for sustaining the excitement, exuding support and mostly being witty, softly humorous and kind, always kind. You guys rock!
Cheers! Here's to the next year