I ran the last run of the series yesterday, hurrah!! I started back in June so it's taken a while and over the last 6 weeks I have only been able to manage one run a week because of mostly family commitments. It's probably made it harder in terms of building up stamina but I've done it!! It's been 11.5 years since my eldest was born and I haven't been able to do any impact sport since before my pregnancy so I feel a huge satisfaction in having completed it.
The first 15 minutes were hard but the sun was shining, the friendly dog walkers were out and I tried to run mindfully rather than mulling over things in my head and I managed to complete the 30 min run.
I've concluded that I am going to stop thinking about and talking about running (subconsciously) like it's just another chore to try to fit in but instead it's something I want to do for me and it makes me feel good! That should help when the only time I can get out to run is 9.30 pm!
I couldn't get map my run to work so I have no idea whether I got anywhere near 5km, but that's not really the point for now. Next step is to commit to running 3x week and work towards running 5km, then I'm planning to do a park run in November. It would have been unthinkable last year ☺️😊. If you are struggling - keep going, even if it takes ages, you will get there - the 9 weeks and 5km are only a guide.
Happy running everyone 🌻
Ps rather than a photo of my red face after running, here's one of my future running companion when she is big enough to go on longer walks and stops eating my shoe laces!