Hi Everyone, its been an absolute age since I posted on here, probably when I was in about week 6 or 7 of the program.
I finished C25K I think in October 2014, between then and last Christmas I was fairly regularly running parkruns in varying times, and generally enjoying myself.
Then last July, having not run further than 3.6 miles ever, I challenged myself to enter the Lutterworth 5 mile race. I managed to get round in what I still consider my finest achievement, and completed the course in 52 minutes or so. Fantastic!
After this due to work and sore knees, I did almost nothing until Christmas when I discovered a local running club near me who were really great with slower/new runners and I joined them.
In the last two and a half months, I have entered and completed 2 six miles races, and a 7 miler. I am also completing at least one run a week of 5 miles. This to me is incredible from where I started, as I am completing these runs with no stops - just setting a steady pace and trying to be metronomic with it
But the biggest challenge, and most fun is yet to come! I have managed to secure a place in the Great North Run, albeit by the charity route for this September. I have always wanted to do this, watching it every year for at least the last twenty years, but never imagined I would be able to enter and hopefully complete it!!! I am SOOOOOO excited, and I get to raise some money for Guide Dogs, a charity I've admired since a kid.
I'm still overweight, and slow at 15 1/2 stone, but I am now an overweight, slow 15 1/2 stone person, who can run at a consistent pace for a hour and a quarter.
So its a MASSIVE thank you from me to the C25K scheme, Laura and everyone who posted along the way when I was posting my updates.
A note to anyone currently going through the C25K program, if *I* can do it, anyone can! Enjoy your running
Hugs for everyone,
(The pic is me finishing the Stilton 7 race a couple of weekends ago resplendent in my new club colours )