So, after graduating Couch 2 5k back on March 7th, I've been stubbornly plugging away at increasing speed (hard!), distance (not so hard!) and endurance (fun-ish) and today I managed to run the famous 26 miles, 385 yards at the Thames Meander Marathon.
I don't mention this to show off (well, maybe a bit) but hopefully to demonstrate what the programme, plus this wonderfully supportive community can do for the average unfit bloke if he puts his mind to it.
I got round in 4:32.01, which sounds like a nice, steady 6mph run but was actually a failed attempt at a sub-4hr time for the first 15 or so miles, followed by a long painful crawl for the remainder (splits &c are here: connect.garmin.com/modern/a... ) but I know where I went wrong and will do better next time, I'm sure.
Huge, huge thanks to all the C25kers - I couldn't imagine a warmer, more supportive crew and I thought of you many times on the way round.
Be proud of yourselves for the part you play in inspiring and supporting each other, be proud of all your runs, even the worst ones and please remember to enjoy it, otherwise why bother?
I've enjoyed a well-deserved post run recovery meal with the in-laws (Caribbean food and Red Stripe lager FTW) so I'll shush now before a get too emotional but thank you all, sincerely.
All the best,