I've just got back from my graduation run. I feel oddly chilled about it!
I set off on my usual route and ended up sticking to it for the duration of the run - no diversions today. I think I will experiment more when there's less pressure, so to speak. No beautiful pinks and yellows dashed across the horizon - just some greyish-looking clouds.
I actually found this run the most challenging of all the 30 minuters. My legs felt like lead! I think that I maybe went too fast in the first 5 minutes, which affected me for the rest of the run. I slowed down and reminded myself that running faster doesn't make 30 minutes go any quicker!! I was grateful for my usual, flat and predictable run as a result - that gentle slope from Monday's evening run would have destroyed me.
Although my legs were aching, I managed to power through and speed up for the final minute. When Laura told me to slow down, I let out a little cheer and began the cool down walk. After 5 minutes when Laura wished me goodbye for one final time, I felt pleased that I'd be able to lisen to my own music next time - although I'll keep week 9 loaded onto my phone because I still have not had enough of Julie.
My plans for the next couple of weeks are to continue running (obviously), to try out some new routes, and to complete my British Herat Foundation run next Saturday. I feel a little intimidated, as I haven't been able to run for a whole 5k before (I've covered the distance for a lot of the final runs, but that includes both walks) , but I feel ready.
I'd really like to thank anyone and everyone who has taken the time to read my posts, to check up on me when I was ill, to reassure me after week 6 ended on a bit of a low, to encourage me to keep going... you guys are great. I'm definitely going to keep on posting on here, I love reading the posts of others and hearing your thoughts on what I'm up to, too. I also whole-heartedly encourage anyone who is reading who is thinking about starting Couch25K to do it!! It's truly amazing and does wonders for your confidence and self-esteem, as well as for your physical fitness.
So, it's goodbye from me, for now! Hope everyone else is doing well