One year ago today I started the c25k programme - I think. I'd been lurking on here for a while, done the first 4 weeks of the Zenlab c25k back in August, but had given up on it as I hated the American accent and the app was completely unstable. I'd finally worked out how to download Laura as a podcast (the app is not available in Germany) and was inspired by many of you, so I set out again. It was no big deal - I'm not even 100% certain it was on Jan 12, but I wanted to finally learn to run. Nobody was told, my family never really found out till near graduation, as I was always a walker and had been going out for years for exercise on my own. Contrary to many of you I found the first weeks relatively easy (sorry!), probably because of all my walking and I skipped a few runs in the first weeks (technically I'd done them back in August) and settled in properly at week 4 (I think!). Then it was running pretty much every other day till graduation - and pretty much ever since. There are many, many days when it's still a struggle. I am still fearful I could suddenly stop and not get back into it again. Some days I can hardly run 2k, on others a non-stop 5k poses no problems and on 4 occasions I ran 10k. I am still astonished that I can knock off a 5k before breakfast. I am astounded that one year in I am still running. I don't seem to be getting much faster, but I'm still a darned sight faster than walking. Rain and snow can't stop me. I have had no serious injuries - but at least 4 falls with scars on my knees and elbows to prove it. Since graduation at the beginning of March I haven't even had a cold.
So to all of you just starting out, part way through the programme or struggling just after graduation, keep going. The health advantages, both mental and physical, are huge. Thank you to all my new found friends on here for inspiring and encouraging me. Thanks also to Laura and her AWFUL taste in music!