Hellooo c25kers! You may not remember me as it has been some time since I posted on here, I graduated back in August 2012.
I'm popping back to blog about last Sunday's GNR - my first official half marathon, some 3 years in the making, beset by injuries and disappointments but I got there in the end.
The hard work was in the relentless long Sunday runs out in the summer heat, I found those physically and mentally hard work but the c25k ethos stood me in good stead - the only bad run is no run & if it feels hard slow down but don't stop. I had a wobbly couple of weeks in the lead up to GNR, a foot injury that resulted in no training for a week and a half, followed by a couple of uncomfortable runs in the last week when I felt unfit. Nothing was going to stop me though, the GNR has been my ambition ever since June 2012 when I took my first sweaty breathless W1 R1 foray into running accompanied by Laura's podcast.
Come the day I loved every minute of it, the atmosphere is the best of any run I have ever done, the crowds kept us going all the way cheering us on with little children hi-fiving us and handing out sweets along the route. I even met another C25ker on the way to the start line, Fitfor60 a lovely inspiring lady who runs to raise money for childrens cancer research in support of her little grandson - we've only met once before and just happened to bump into each other, what's the odds of that among 57,000?? It made my day and we hugged and wished each other good luck before going our separate ways.
Despite the wobbly lead up to the run on the day the training kicked in and I was fine, up to about 15k I would say I felt comfortable - I did get tired in the last few miles but got a second wind and even managed a little sprint finish. My time was 2 hours and 25 seconds - very happy with that, but the main achievement wasn't the numbers, it was being part of an amazing event, enjoying it and making wonderful memories.
Couch to 5k is one of the best things I ever did.
PS - Yes, I did run with the bunny ears on all the way around - that's how Fitfor60 spotted me in the crowd!