Today is my second runniversary. Yes, today I have officially been running for 2 whole years......but actually I haven't. Since embarking on this wonderful programme, I've had 2 months off with a knee injury, 5 months off with a broken ankle and, most recently, 2 months off with asthma and the chest infection from hell. So, by my reckoning, that's at least 9 months on the IC, totally vindicating my choice of a clapped out 1970s car as my profile picture, as I definitely spend as long in the repair shop as I do on the road.
The things I have learned over the 2 years are:
1) I really love running, but sometimes a run can be more enjoyable when it's over than it is when you're actually doing it.
2) Any run is better than no run. We say this a lot on this forum and it really is true.
3) Never compare yourself to other people. Unless you're Usain Bolt, there's always someone who can run faster and, even if you can run 10 marathons in 10 days, there are plenty of people who can run 11 in 11 days.
4) This forum is the friendliest, most constructive place on the Internet. I can count the times I've read cross words on here on the fingers of one hand.
5) Never ever give up. If you stop running for a while for whatever reason, and end up having to repeat the programme, then embrace it. You will be faster and stronger second time around because your body will know what to expect. I'm redoing some of the early weeks again for the third time to build up my strength after my asthma setback, because there's nothing quite like Laura and her cheesy music to get you back on the straight and narrow.
There are loads of other things I could have included in my list, and maybe you could add your own thoughts. I'll just say a big thank you for all your comments, advice, encouragement and kind words over the last 2 years -it's been a joy. xxx