I have taken the liberty of posting my graduation post in the week 1 section, not because I want to boast about my shiny new graduation badge, rather because I want to share a little perspective with you.
three Months ago I plugged in Laura for the first time and went out with my running shoes on, which I had not worn in years. in fact the last time I ran must have been over 10 years ago. and I struggled to complete the 8 1 minute runs in Week 1 Run 1
However at the end of the guided run I found something strange had happened. as I walked the cool down 5 mins I found I felt serene happy and quietly proud of myself for getting of the couch and doing something to improve my ever decreasing levels of fitness, I was hooked.
I found this forum and was amazed at the unselfish supportive cheerful community that exists to help people like me to achieve their goals. I decided that I would post for every run so that those who followed could see someone else's journey through the 9 week programme and be encouraged by it and hopefully learn from it.
all in all it took me 12 weeks with 2 weeks on the injury couch ( note do not run in overtight trainers and then drop a heavy weight on your foot if you want to finish in 9 weeks ) and one week with an life threatening case of man flu !!
the important things I have learnt during the 12 weeks are as follows
1. trust Laura and the programme it works
2. proof of this is that as a 53 year old overweight man today I ran 5.05k in 32 mins 4 seconds
3. do not listen to the negative voice in your head that tells you, that you cannot do this ( Gremlin in forum speak )
4. do not get over confident and listen to the over positive voice that says I can do this more quickly than the programme allows ( Pixie in forum speak)
5. if you are hurting rest up and take a doctors advice
6. never give up !
I wish you all the best in your progress and look forward to many new shiny graduation badges for your cohort.
Finally thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way your advice, input, encouragement and humour has cheered me every mile to the finishing line I look forward to hopefully bumping into to some of you at run events as my running career develops
Kind Regards to All