One year ago today I graduated from Couch to 5k! I remember the W9R3 run being quite tough as I think I was a bit hungover.
I've kept going with the running through this last year - probably the longest time in my adult life that I have kept up with an exercise regime. I've done 18 parkruns since my graduation (and volunteered at 7), two 10k races and I am signed up to do my first half marathon in March next year. As some of you probably know one of my main motivators to get out and run is setting new personal bests, something which makes me immensely happy! Obviously there are many reasons to go out and run and it's important that you find what pushes you out of the door - the essence of the C25K programme, I think, is making sure you keep going and make a positive lifestyle change. Don't just graduate and give up!
I have lost about 10kg since I started C25K in September last year without massive changes to my diet - the fact that my wife cooks Slimming World meals for dinner certainly helps, but the snacking on crisps and biscuits certainly doesn't! I've gone from very tight 36" jeans to rather loose 34" ones and from large tops to medium. Some of my long sleeved running tops that I bought last autumn look huge on me now. I've certainly drank less this last year too - running whilst hungover doesn't happen too often now! I could still do with losing another 4-5kg to get me down to about 12st - I'm sure it would help my 5k and 10k times.
Anyway... the picture is my new Puma Ignite 500 Nightcats which I won through completing a challenge on Running Heroes. They only arrived yesterday so they are having their first outing today.