I don't get on here as much as I'd like at this time of year as I'm always away and usually somewhere without internet connection (not a complaint!!)
But when I can, I love catching up with all your triumphs, trials and tribulations. And I'm really enjoying my running and the consequential benefits. I do always try and add positive comments to posts, especially newbies, because it was the support and encouragement on here that helped me succeed.
But I do see a lot of posts saying people struggle after graduation for lack of a goal. So I thought I'd share what I've been doing since graduation a few weeks ago.
I run 5K every other day. Full stop. Some runs are tougher than others, my average time isn't impressive at around 39 minutes. But I always run 5K, without stopping, however long it takes me, rain or shine, wherever in the country I am, every other day.
The benefits are really very significant. I'm happier, healthier, fitter. My skin and hair are better than ever. I don't really weigh myself any more as I found once I started running I appeared to gain weight, so it became a negative thing for me. But I've dropped another dress size (from size 32 to 16 in just over a year) and my body shape has changed quite dramatically.
I don't really have a hankering to increase distance or time (although whenever my Garmin says 'Fastest 5K' I'm obviously chuffed!) I'm just enjoying running and all the positives it brings. So perhaps it isn't necessary to have a goal - just the motivation to stick to YOUR plan and keep running.
Oh. And you can definitely eat more cake!!