Hi everyone. I don't post very often but I do still lurk to see how everyone is doing every so often. None of my friends run and so I don't want to bore them on Facebook I hope I'm ok to bore you guys instead! Roughly 3 years ago this weekend I started my C25K journey with the Lovely Laura and lots of you lovely people. Plump (I think that's an apt description), never sporty in anyway, slow and in my late 40s this did not/does not come easy to me. There have been injuries (normal running ones - shin splints, tendonitis plus a spectacular flying over a loose dog incident involving blood, stitches and a broken wrist). There have been triumphs - completing the Oxford HM in 2015 being the best bit - despite being woefully (I know this now) under prepared. There have been scarily awful race finish line photos! Sadly no room for those on here....!
However this is for anyone just starting out and wondering 'how am I going to do this?' and 'will I ever get any better?' - I just want to say that this week I have knocked a minute off my parkrun pb and today I've just done my quickest kilometre and consequently mile ever!!! I also did my 2nd quickest ever 10km (and my quickest ever in training not a race) on Tuesday. It's all relative; I am still 'slow' but this is quick for me and shows me progress is possible. When I first began I was running 9 minute plus kilometres, today I did one in 5.58!
So stick with it! It's worth it. My fitness has improved no end and I am running (no pun intended) rings around my non running friends. I have lost some weight but mostly toned up. I am 50 in 2 weeks and I am running the Birmingham Great Run 10km to celebrate - that's something I never thought I'd be doing!! Plus hopefully the Cardiff HM in October.
Cheers everyone and happy running