Today in one year since I graduated, and I am still here and running! It took me much longer than 9 weeks to complete the programme, mostly because I was still swimming several times a week at that time, and thought that running would just be something else to do, especially in places where there are no pools. I also got the dreaded shin splints after week 2, I have no idea why I just didn't give up at that point! A trip to a sport shop and some proper shoes sorted that out quickly, from what I read here I got off very lightly, only 2 weeks off. When they wore out, the next pair caused me problems, pressing on a weird lump on my foot - it took me quite a while to find some shoes that worked for me.
Since then I've made slow but steady progress, best way really and I didn't want to use up all the fun in one go! My longest distance is about 12 KM, my fastest 5K time is 36 minutes down from 47 for my first 5K. I run 3 or 4 times a week, doing one or two of the plus podcasts each week.
The good points-
I've run in 3 countries, France Spain and England.
My blood pressure and resting heart rate have both come down.
I've learnt more about the places live than I ever would have before.
I've lost weight - about 8 Kilos.
I've learnt to love the rain.
You lot here, I couldn't have done it without you! A big shout out to Madge who ran ParkRun with me after I had a bad experience there. This forum ROCKS!
The bad points -
The afore mentioned shin splints
Being at the mercy of the weather, I don't run in thunder storms, or in fog - loads of both here in France, although I did manage to run regularly in the heat wave we had recently.
That's about it really, not too bad I guess!
I've maybe not done so well as I might have hoped, but I've done better than I dared to hope for, I can't believe it's really me and still expect Laura to jump out from behind a tree and say "ha ha not you Curly, I was just kidding!"
I've found it hard some times to tell the difference between gremlins and my body genuinely complaining that I've done too much...I'm working on that. That said, I've found I fell better after a run if I've pushed myself a bit, sometimes the slower runs can leave me feeling a bit deflated, so if nothing else I will finish on a bit of a sprint or hill.
I've recently started to tackle some of the bigger hills that we have so many of around here, and I'm surprised how much I've enjoyed them, They empower me, I fell like I could do anything now! The smaller ones that caused me so much pain this time last year seem quite easy now. Notice I said quite lol
My goals for the next year are to work on my speed and distance, I'd like to be comfortable with 10K, I've done it a few times but can usually find an excuse not to bother. (Slaps own wrists)
Thanks again everyone here for sharing my amazing journey, and for sharing yours with me.
To the newbies I say, keep plodding on, put your trust in Laura and HU, they won't let you down
Here's to the next year, and the next and the next....