Well well, I am truly amazed. I have to say that followed sensibly and slowly where appropriate this programme is superb.
When I contemplated starting I was certain, deep down, that I would never finish. In fact I didn't really think I would get past week 1 - I thought I might have to do some smaller runs just to build up to that very first run on the programme.
But something stirred inside me and I was determined to give it a go. In fact I was so determined to try that I went out on the 2nd of January to my local Retail Park and just happened to spend 40 quid on a pair of running shoes but I felt I needed them to push me on to have a go at this.
And so on Sunday I completed week 8.
I have gone slowly but steadily, I have read so much advice on this forum and felt supported by the members, just as so many people have said before me.
I am amazed that so far none of my runs have been a practice run... I can't believe that this 51 year old short (5'1"), fat (16 stone weeble) with dodgy knees and back, has made it this far.
And now just 3 runs to go. I know now can do this..
Next project will be to run 5 k as not near that yet with my short slow legs...I still have psychological issues about running so I also need to push my brain to run in day light as the nights will soon be lighter and not hide away behind big walls and hedges in the dark...And run in some new places...And get into parkrun more... Have done 2 and volunteered for 2. The volunteering is good for me too as it gets me out of my comfort zone a bit, and I give something back to my local community and I can be inspired by the people running or walking around, people of all ages, all abilities and all sorts of backgrounds.
I'm not going to think too far ahead though... Let's just get me through the next 3 runs over the next one to two weeks... I might be able to do that first one tonight but I'm listening to my knees and they are saying possibly not tonight but at least I'm listening to my knees and not my gremlin.
So thank you everyone for getting me this far with all your support and encouragement...
And for those setting out or somewhere else in the programme you can do it!!! YOU REALLY CAN!!!