Like many of the graduates, I was facing uncertainty when it comes to the big question: now what? I found myself not too excited about doing 10K as I was when originally started this programme. Like with every fitness/diet plan, the maintenance can prove to be much more difficult than doing the programme itself. Reason is we all need some kind of structure, as well as short and long term goals.
My graduation run was amazing, I bravely decided to set my app to run 5K distance, rather than 30 mins. I just felt I can do it, based on really smooth first 2 week 9 runs. And I did it. In (slow) 40 minutes, but I didn't want to chance it and try faster (although I felt I could have).
Yesterday I talked to myself and set a goal. It is not 10K, half marathon, park run or anything similar. My goal is to stay fit and become even fitter if possible. In order to do that, I have set a minimum of 2 runs per week that I should maintain throughout my (wait for it) lifetime. It will be long battle. It won't be easy. But the reward is my health, fitness, confidence, but most importantly being there for my family.
And last evening I went for my first free run, trying to beat my graduation time. This time I did not care about being slow or worrying about finishing. It was brave new run and I managed to shave off 3 minutes from my 5K time (finishing at 37). I felt great and had this feeling (first time ever): 'look at me, I am a runner'. It is hard to explain, it could be that runner's high everyone was talking about. It came just when I needed it.
Looking at the stats afterwards, I have noticed that my first km had 6:21 pace. I have slowed down later as the terrain was not that forgiving, but still proud of the accomplishment. That also gives me incentive to set some kind of mini-goal, like running 5K under 30 minutes.
What really motivates me is actually this community. I love seeing older post from few years ago and then confirming that some of those people from the past are still active today. That makes me think I can be one of them and inspire others to do the same.