This day last year, 5 days after my 58th birthday, I ventured nervously out to do W1D1, and I remember all too well how much of a challenge those 60 second runs were!
Since then, I've done 220 runs. Since I bought a Garmin at the beginning of March (the start of week 6) I've run 1,373Km.
I graduated at the end of March, In June, I ran my first race, a local 10K, that I completed in 1:04:37
In August, I ran in a 5 mile race organised by the running club I now belong to. 48:21
In September, I squeezed another 10K race into the training I was doing for the Oxford Half Marathon. I was pleasantly surprised to go sub-60 for the first time - 59:25!
In October I ran the Oxford Half Marathon, and was delighted not only to finish it without walking any, but also at my time of 2:12:25
After that I joined a running club and have had a great time running with them.
In December I ran the QE London Olympic Park 10K in 57:57.
This weekend, it's the London Winter Run 10K, when I'm hoping to meet lots of fellow C25Kers.
I'm training now for the North London Half in March, where the finish line is inside Wembley Stadium.
When you think running is too tough, and that you can't hack it, slow down, believe in yourself, and just keep running. The more you run, the better you'll become, and remember all the time that the only person you're competing with is yourself. Don't be put off by other people that are faster than you, or run huge distances, just focus on doing the best you can do. Running is a fantastic thing, and gives so much in terms of physical and mental health, as well as the social aspect of it.
Here's to many more years of running!
Today's run was an easy 5K jog (part of my training) - connect.garmin.com/modern/a...