Woke at 5ish this morning, and immediately thought ‘today is the day I graduate and become ‘a graduate’’! That’s a pretty damn awesome thing for little round me.
Winny was keen to get running today, and I must admit, I was too. Something was wrong though! Was it nerves? Was it the rich WI supper last night? Coughed until I was sick and then some! Quite out of breath on the 40 min warm up walk. Could have cried as I thought about maybe having to have a ‘practice run’ on my graduation day ! ‘Come on girl, you’ve got this’!
First 5 mins are always a killer, then ‘our Laura’ said ‘ten’, then ‘15’, then ‘20’……….then she left me! Damn! Mp3 player out of juice. ‘Just me and thee then Winny’, and I looked at my watch. It was 9:57 and so I needed to run until 10:07. Sheesh, could I do it without ‘our Laura’? I had an idea where I wanted to get to, so I just kept running. Past the quarry, past the railway bridge, just past everything! Anyhoo, I ran 5k! I RAN 5k!!!!!! !!!!! I stopped running when I got to the junction, BUT I could have carried on because my breathing was fantastic (legs were heavy but they are anyway ). I felt freer somehow when she left me. I always think 'Thank God for that', when she tells me that I can stop running, but when she wasn’t there to do that, I didn’t feel as tired somehow, I didn't need to stop. I looked at my watch and it was 10:15. Ok so I didn’t run 5k in the 30, but I ran 5k in about 38! For me to be 5 stone overweight and do this is totes amazeballs !!!!!!!
I cannot tell you the feeling of utter elation ! Had a few selfies with Winny (he's spotted a rabbit !) and set off back home with a smile a mile wide!
This is the best thing I’ve done for me in a very long time and I won’t stop now. I’m hopefully going to have the confidence to do a Parkrun at Darlington on 25th March and then who knows, that may become a monthly occurrence. To anyone who has the slightest inclination to try the C25K, (as my sponsors would have me say ) Just Do It!!!!
I cannot praise all of my ‘virtual’ running buddies enough. I have been encouraged and motivated throughout my journey and I send massive hugs to everyone I have ‘encountered’ along the way, whichever continent you’re on. ThanQ…Dixx