So I have just completed W9 R3 and it seems that amazingly I have now completed my mission and can call myself a graduate! Can't quite believe it at the moment- it all seems a bit unreal. After the euphoria of last week's first ever 5k for my W9 R1 I went a bit too fast for my second run and was gasping for breath for most of it, so today, I started off slowly as I was determined to enjoy the occasion. When Laura said it was 5 minutes to go Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" came over my headphones and I just had the biggest grin on my face. Then, as I was walking back, an amazing sunset filled the sky. So I won't forget the occasion.
I would like to make a few points: firstly you are never too old. I am 57, about a stone overweight and have never been the slightest bit sporty. If I can do it, anyone can. In fact, I would go as far as to say if you are older it means an awful lot to achieve something like this; I have found that ladies of a "certain age" seem pretty invisible in today's society so it's nice to surprise a few people.
Secondly, it's ok to have doubts. I had many at the beginning and my dear old mum was convinced I would die of a heart attack! I worried myself sick about W5 R3 for about two weeks beforehand and then afterwards felt so great. I think that's when I started to believe.
Lastly, the posters on this forum are amazing; I have been helped, advised and supported along the way, with nothing too flippant or silly to ask. Thanks very much!
So what now? I am going to join a local running club (on Tuesday before I chicken out); I intend to do a parkrun in the near future and next year I will do the race for life in memory of some loved ones, something I have wanted to do for some time. I feel really, really happy and very proud. Happy running everyone!