Off I went on my grad run and I went all reflective! it was so hot, I needed something to distract me. I thought this might be helpful for all those week 1ers out there who think they won't get there. You will!
----Everyone and anyone can run, you just have to be taught like any other sport.
I am the kid that was in tears when always coming last at cross country at school. This has hung over me since then: 'you're not a runner, you never have been, it's just not what you're built for'. Looking back, at primary school, I was expected to be able to run about 3k, just like that, having never run before. No wonder I couldn't do it! And no wonder it terrified me and put me off for the next 20 years.
I learnt that slow isn't bad and you can't go from nothing to running confidently at good pace with no steps in between. It's just a case of building blocks.
----It's all in your head.
My body can do it, it's always been able to do it, it's just my head decided I couldn't. The hardest thing for me was getting my mind to relax and just go with it, let the body take control. Each week I shocked myself at my achievements and gradually managed to silence the gremlins. They still pop back every now again, and always will, but I'm pretty rapid to banish them!
----Go easy on yourself
I mainly attribute this to yoga but running helps! I now have an acceptance for what me and my body can do. A gratification that I can do it and not giving myself a hard time when I feel like I under-perform. It's not the end of the world if your legs won't do it today! We're very quick to scathe ourselves but I've come to realise that that just compounds the negativity and then you feel even more rubbish. Let yourself off, you're bossing it!
----It makes calorie counting way easier!
I started calorie counting with my fitness pal and run day is soooo much easier than a non-run day! I've lost a stone since combining mfp & c25k. Here's to the next two!
----I like feeling fit and strong.
I love the next day when you can feel that you went running last night and everything's a teeny bit more toned all over. Combining running with my hot yoga gives me strength, flexibility and stamina that I've never had before!
Fellow grad runners (teeheee!) what have you learned.