Well I crossed the line arms outstretched to roaring crowds and the reality struck home this is Essex not Brazil and I had just finished the final run of my C25K. I left the house at my usual time to begin my 5 minute warm up did not bother with Mapmyrun today as I just wanted to enjoy myself and away we go 5 minutes done and the run starts keeping a nice steady pace round the corner over the bridge and we are on the first incline next target the Fox & Hounds can't celebrate it's still shut what happened to all day drinking keep going passed the village hall and right turn passed the residential home keep going right turn into my road to complete the first lap passed my house down to the alley way and back up the incline passed the surgery through the second alley way right turn passed the cemetery turn right again and we are into the final part of the run increase in pace and we are done 5 minute cool down and it is over. I have now run faster,further and for longer than I ever thought possible rough guess today about 5.5 km after warm up/cool down. I can honestly say it has been a blast and I achieved my target of finishing before my 54th birthday which is on Sunday. If I made any mistakes I didn't join until nearly halfway through and this forum has been great the stories fun the debates brilliant I now feel fully qualified to advise my wife on sports bras after listening to the girls points of view.
Finally it has been fun running with musketeers we adopted the motto all for one and one for and left no one behind we pushed when we had to laughed when we need to and became friends as only you can on a forum like this one.
I would to close with some lines of poetry I think are quite apt
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul
Secondly from Hassan....The Golden Journey to Samarkand
We are the Pilgrims ,master we shall go
Always a little further, it may be
This is Michael aged 53 years 11 months & 29 days signing off for the moment