Having started C25K four weeks ago and enjoyed it, I was really disappointed when I picked up a couple of injuries (knees and shins - not sure how I did the lot in one go on W2R3 but I managed it!) that stopped me from running. I'd also just gone and had a gait analysis and bought lovely new shoes - they stayed in the box for the 2 weeks I had to take off! I did plenty of stretches, got some knee braces to wear when necessary and tried to do as much walking as possible without overdoing it but I was really worried that it wouldn't be a substitute and I'd lose the progress I'd made in the first two weeks. Last week I was working away taking a disabled lady on holiday; pushing her around in her wheelchair definitely helped build some strength in my legs!
This morning I decided that I felt like I had healed and I was ready to try running again, so I got out my new shoes (yay!), grabbed my headphones and went for it. I decided to at least try W3R1, reasoning that I'd go easy on myself and if the 3 minutes was too much I'd just go back to week 2 or even week 1. The 90 second run was fine, and I queued up my current favourite song in preparation for the 3 minute run section. I took it steady, and was so happy when I made it to the end of the segment I could have cheered! I managed to finish the whole of W3R1! I was so happy when I got home, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be even if my pace was pretty slow (11:02 for the first 3 minute run - not too bad - and 12:49 for the second). Having tried C25K and other exercises before and given up as soon as it got tough, I was doubting whether I would carry on after the 2 week break or if I'd just give up, but I didn't!
So it must be said, I'm feeling pretty proud of myself right now! Roll on W3R2!