Yes the time has come for me to bask in the glory of having completed my C25k programme this morning. I spent most of the night thinking about it, got up at 5.45 and on the road at 6.00am. And now it's done!
My journey commenced in July by turning on the treadmill in my garage (for the first time in years). Good grief - how that clock ticked so slowly when I could see it!!! A 3 minute run lasted hours.
After a pulled muscle at Week 2 precipitated a 2 week rest, I persisted with the programme, ventured outside at Week 4 but then suffered with the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis (again) and due to an intensive week off golfing in hilly Scotland, I took another 2 week break. With support of this forum contributors, an Orthotist friend, and physical support from quality insoles and trainers, I repeated Week 4 and have continued running with a sore ankle and foot - but I've got there.
I trust Team GB will be on the phone (which I will leave turned on) assuming I've made the trip to Rio next year. OK maybe not - especially if they see the pavement potholes of East Yorkshire after I've pounded them repeatedly for the last couple of months.
I must confess my disappointment, that after weeks and weeks of motivatory and encouraging comments, the delectable Laura merely displayed a little window on my phone this morning stating "Congratulations". Was that it? She didn't even ask for my phone number!
So now I'm a 'graduate' (should I be playing a certain Simon and Garfunkel record?)
As previous people have rightly stated, I'd like to express my sincere thanks to the C25K app designers and programme writers, and most of all to the various contributors on this forum for the very thoughtful and encouraging comments to mine and other people's posts that help us all.
I hope to attend a local Parkrun soon providing it doesn't clash with my golf. But more importantly I will need to kick myself up the backside to continue this regular exercise. The weight loss hasn't been hugely significant but then I'm no saint and enjoy a glass or two of this and that. But I now know I can do it, and hopefully the motivation to continue will come from noticeable progress as seen on the bathroom scales.