Thank you all for your posts, I've added this because a couple of people had asked how W9R3 had gone and what I'd written got a bit lost in the Just Home post (although eagle eyed Sparky 66 spotted it!).
So, in honour of the late Ronnie Corbett, here's an end of show rambling monologue :o)
I ran my last four runs in "the foreign" (as my nan would have said). The 30 minute ones were killers and it took me 2 runs to realise I wasn't being beeped at because I was totally awesome, but because I was running on the wrong side of the road, doh!
For the first couple of runs I just looped around the village (it's a tiny place in southwest France, with a proper boulangerie, hotel de ville, boules area etc), and I was going out fairly early in the morning (ladies over 40 sporting lycra are NOT socially acceptable there and I feared being stoned to death for my leggings); but for my final run I wanted to see if I could get as far as the little harbour just outside of the village (which is my French equivalent of the rickety bridge ;o).
Went early evening and asked hubby to pick me up in 45 mins, but as usual I misjudged it and the damn run only took me 17 minutes so I had to keep looping around the grassy park area to fill my other 13 minutes! It was a weird feeling, knowing I'd completed the programme, honestly I felt a bit numb about it though...no wifi, who would understand?!
I wanted to stay at the harbour and have a glass of celebratory fizz, but we didn't have any money with us and try as he might best beloved just didn't get the enormity of me being able to complete the programme.
....so, get your hankies ready...
Thank you my dears for all your help, support and encouragement over the past 9 weeks or so. Only when I was unable to post about a run or read your posts did I realise how much this forum had kept me motivated. I don't want to put names, but everyone that's helped keep me going has already posted to say "well done". NOW I feel like a graduate!!
I'm back home to my beloved leafy lanes (photo above), I've already completed a rickety bridge run and Lady Floss has pointed me in the direction of the C25k+ podcasts. I have signed up for a race for life in June and will do a parkrun when I've built up a bit of speed (I'm thinking about 3 weeks or so).
Virtual hugs from a grateful Pam xxx