I need to say this forum is brilliant. Yesterday I shared my concerns and thanks to the encouragement I felt I could do it. Then during the day I felt really tired (I usually run in the evenings as that's the only time I can), and I was about to not run. Then I remembered a few members yesterday writing "let us know how it went". I felt like, come on, I cannot not do it. What if someone asks me "how did it go?", what would I say?
Just so you know, no one around me knows I am doing this challenge. So really today I could have not run and no one around me would have been none the wiser.... But due to all the replies I received I felt I could NOT not do it!! Fabulous.
Ok so I did it and indeeeeeeed! It was NOT hard!! Not at all!! First of all physically: it was so easy to sustain. Unbelievable. The last time I ran for 20 minutes I was 17 I remember it like yesterday because I remember it took me so much effort. And today, even after the run, I did not feel anywhere near like how I felt after week 1 run 1, when I was soooo knackered! Unbelievable.
Mentally it was a slightly different issue. At the beginning, at 3 min mark I thought I would just stop and restart. Which was bizarre because it did'nt even feel that hard, but I was just finding the time going very slowly and thinking "I will never ever finish, this is taking way too long!". Then before I knew it it was ten minutes already which almost hit me as a surprise!! Then for the last 5 minutes I just felt I could have carried on , like one of you said to me yesterday.
It's amazing I just cannot believe I actually did it. I am so happy about this and I am so glad I posted here yesterday because without a doubt, I would not have run today without your outpouring support. Really it's amazing.
One last thing, what this challenge is doing to my mind is something I am also very surprised at too. It has given me so much confidence that I have re started swimming too, and this Thursday I went back on a bike!! After 21 years!!! I attended a free cycling training, and I went thinking I would make a fool of myself, but actually did so well the instructor took me out in the park and left the other two novices in the circuit area. It was such a great feeling!! I would never have even considered doing it if it weren't because of the confidence this programme has given me. FInally there is one thing in my life that I have always felt I could never do and that is learn how to drive. I have always said to myself I would never be able to do it and I am too afraid of cars. Today after my run I decided to book my theory test in a couple of months to push me to learn the rules, in the view of learning how to drive from January. I cannot believe what these last six weeks have brought to my life I really encourage people out there to start doing this challenge because the outcomes go far beyond the expectations. And the community here is lovely!!! Thank you so much!!!