Did my last run for week 7. I managed to run 26 minutes for run 1 - 27.5 minutes for run 2 - and 31 minutes last night. For some reason, I find it easier to count to sixty in my head as I run and use my fingers to keep track of minutes run (right hand fingers = minutes, left hand fingers = five minutes). I seem to count slowly as Laura's '5 minutes' and 'half way through' notifications come up before my own count. This cheers me up as I know I can end my run before my own count... if I want to... but each time, I feel good enough to keep running to my own count and last night I went beyond my own count and managed 31 minutes in total (real time). This has given me hope for the final two weeks.
Still too slow for 5k pace at the moment. I did just over 4k so I now need to up my pace, although I'm happy with 4k. Like a lot of people on here, I never thought I'd be able to run for 30 seconds, let alone 30 minutes, and I, too, never thought I'd actually 'enjoy' running. But I do. Well, I enjoy the euphoria when I end the run, not sure that's the same thing, but I feel proud of myself. I'm still huge, but I've lost 18lbs since week one, lost 5 inches off my waist, and gained hip bones, a smile, and a sense of achievement.
I have my annual diabetes check-up next week and, for a change, I'm looking forward to stepping on the scales and taking pride in finally taking control of my health issues rather than whining on about depression and just taking the pills. I aim to be less of a drain on NHS resources in the future and am very grateful for this non-patronising and motivational programme which REALLY works. Good luck and best wishes to everyone else getting their butts in gear.
I'm off to ebay to get myself a graduation hat... |