Hello all. It's been some time since I posted on here, but whether you're just starting out or on week 9 or somewhere beyond, I think I can offer you some positive news that demonstrates just how incredible the human body can be if you just give it a gentle nudge with the C25K programme as I did less than three years ago.
Last Sunday, I ran and completed the London Marathon.
I'm not fishing for compliments (I've had plenty this week!) but I thought that any of you currently struggling with Week 5 (I remember that....) or finding the going tough, that you can be sure that you can do this. I promise you, I am nothing special. I'm in my early fifties and not long before I started C25K was overweight and had never run in my life.
Oh, and I've had a hip replacement too. Coincidently I had my bi-annual check on that on Friday. They told me it was in great condition (9 years post-op). You should have seen the doctor's face when I told him about the Marathon..... That's some NHS we have there people - they produced a Marathon finishing hip joint. Incredible.
The London Marathon is everything everyone says it is. They shut the roads just for you and there's 26.2 miles of people you've never met shouting your name. I'm not saying it's for everyone because the hard work is not in the final 26 miles, it's in the four months of real hard training that precedes it. What I am saying is this. Stick with the programme and be strong. You will be a better person for it and you never know where it will take you.