Graduation run done last night. So pleased with this programme. Thank you, Laura.
I may not be running 5k in 30 minutes, but I can now run for more than 30 minutes, and more than 5k.
Starting at 17 stone 10lbs and 5'2" (in all directions) and aged 49, and having been alarmingly inactive for the last thirty years at least and on medication for underactive thyroid, depression, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, I just decided to kick myself up the backside and do something about it.
My high point, as for many, was the week 5 run 3. I hadn't grinned so much for ages on finishing that. I followed the programme and towards the end I started adding an extra minute or two to the runs as I felt I could do a little more.
My week 8 run 3 was 43 minutes. 5.4km
My week 9 run 1 was 49 minutes. 6.3km
My week 9 run 2 was 51 minutes. 6.6km
My week 9 run 3 was 72 minutes. 9.1km
I've lost 23lbs and 6 inches off my waistline. My blood pressure has gone to 'ideal'. I'm about to come off the anti-depressants. My diabetic nurse noticed my weight loss, is delighted with my progress, and now wants to do the C25K herself. I'm working my way back down my wardrobe. I've started swimming again, and even walk to and from the pool (about 40 minutes each way).
And whilst I've really had enough of Julie, I hear she's better on her own and very insecure, so I wish her well.
Thanks to Laura and the reggae song that got me through the last week (anyone know who that's by... can anyone do me a playlist of top reggae tracks to run to?), and thanks to those of you posting on this forum, whether starting or seasoned pro's with 9 weeks + behind them. Sharing concerns and advice is so useful and keeps us all motivated. I'd also recommend 'myfitnesspal.com' to anyone who isn't already using it. It is so good for tracking exercise along with calories consumed. The two together really help with weight loss for anyone that is interested in that side of things.
Apologies for the sweaty haired photo and red faced glow, but I stuck my graduation hat on when I got back from my run (£2.25 on ebay) - now I'm off to claim my badge...