I thought about the canal, then thought about the rain on Monday, and instead put on the gear, did the school run, and then headed to the lake on the way back.... Lovely day for it, still a bit muddy underfoot in places. Off I went, Laura's telling me I can do this, five minutes, feeling good, but thinking I might be going a little fast - in some ways it would be great to actually run 5K in the 30 minutes, and I think subconsciously that was what was going on. So tried to slow slightly, keep going, 10 minutes, 15, 20... crikey, I can do this! 25 minutes, I alter the route slightly as I won't get round Lap 4 of the lake, not too much left in the tank by now so no speeding up for the end today - it's been harder work than I thought, partly because running on the mud I'm having to concentrate on every step... but then comes that glorious moment, "You just gotta do it...." and "That's it! Slow down to a walk..."
I am now officially a graduate, having almost made it in July before tweaking the achilles, I've come back and I've finished what I started!
It's taken me six months, but I have finally made it - so what is the difference between then and now?
1) I've lost a bit over 2 stone - initially partly through dieting, but I've kept it off even though I've not been actively dieting for a couple of months now.
2) I'm fitter. Resting heartbeat was in the low 60s, it's now usually between 52 and 54; and whatever I'm doing, I have more endurance.
3) I'm better psychologically. It's good stress relief, it's something positive about myself, and it's something I have done for me - not for anyone else.
If anyone is thinking, "Yeah, but I can't do it" - I'm 43, have never really run much since horrendous cross country runs at Secondary School where I invariably finished in the last half dozen, and while I've not got serious health problems I'm carrying quite a lot of extra weight - even with the weight lost, I could probably still do with losing another five stone according to the BMI charts. So if I can, why can't you?