I'm writing this post in the hope of encouraging those who're currently working through their nine weeks of the fantastic NHS C25k program.
One year ago, on Saturday 23 April 2016, NO-ONE was more surprised than I was (and that's saying something because a LOT of people were VERY surprised!) when I did the Balmoral 5k. The bottom two photos in my wee collage here are of that day.
I had finished the C25k with my Week Nine Run 3 run just the night before. At that point I had told everyone that I wasn't ready for the event which I had registered for months before and that I definitely wasn't going to do it...
But after my graduation run I must have been high on endorphins and thought I would just lay out my kit in case I decided to go for it. But I probably wasn't going to do it... I wouldn't set my alarm, though, not to put myself under any pressure. If I woke up in time to drive the hour an a half or so, that would be fine. But I probably wasn't going to do it...
In the morning I woke up to beautiful sunshine and thought, "Well, AnneDroid, you enjoy a road trip. You could just go and see. And your friends are running in the 10k later in the day so you could always just cheer them on. You can still back out when you get there". So I possibly wasn't going to do it...
I got to Braemar with bags of time to spare so went into a cafe for coffee and breakfast, still not sure what I was going to do but thinking that I possibly WAS going to do it...
And then I got to Balmoral Estate and thought that I probably was going to do it.
No-one there knew me. My friends wouldn't be coming till later for their 10k event and I had told them I wasn't coming. And I could always walk the whole thing. And it wouldn't matter if I was last. In fact I definitely was going to do it.
And that was what happened. I didn't run all of it, but I ran most of it. I was slow but I wasn't last. And when my chums arrived they were surprised to see me there with my medal round my neck.
This year, on Saturday 22 April 2017, I joined the three uninjured ones in the 10k. Again I was slow but I wasn't last. And I've got another medal.
I struggled with every single session of C25k, although I managed not to have to repeat a week.
This is all a long roundabout way of saying, "If I can do it, anyone can". Including you, Dear Reader.
Other run report details for those who might do Balmoral some time:
1) It's fun to run past the windows of Balmoral Castle, although I don't think they should put the blinds down. I wanted to look in.
2) It's a beautiful part of the world. Really beautiful.
3) It can be chilly. Last year it was snowing while I ran, and I was so cold while I was waiting for my friends to run their race that I thought I might cry. I paid a fortune for a plate of stovies and didn't know whether to eat them or plunge my hands in to try to warm them up.
4) The 10k has a big hill in it. But then that means you get to go fast down the other side.
5) My time for the 10k was 1 hour 11 minutes and 10 seconds. The winner's time was 32 minutes 45 seconds.