Well that title's the short version - I've plodded away for so long now, I literally never thought I'd ever get this far. It was the World's slowest jog (well actually no, according to Mapmyrun I was slower still on W9R1 and my GPS fail says I ran for zero miles on W9R2!). I was completely exhausted at the end today, I even had to turn round and run away from home for some of the last 10 minutes because at least that was downhill again. After a short rest I finally started my warm-down walk, staggering zombie-like back towards home and a welcome shower and a beer. I should have waited until tomorrow to do this run but personal circumstances said it had to be done today so I left it as late as I could. MADE IT!!
If you're fed up with reading my rambling rant then just cut now and wish me both luck and that one day I will really become a runner - because I'm not there yet!
If you're not bored yet then let me say that I at last think it's time for me to own up a bit: I'm now 72, I had a major heart attack and after surgery have a defibrillator/pacemaker installed (by the way, if you are new to this forum, IF YOU HAVE A MAJOR MEDICAL CONDITION GET MEDICAL CLEARANCE FIRST - I did!), I've avoided running since I learned how to bunk off school runs when I was 14 (do the sums, one hell of a long time ago!), I've done a lot of sport in my lifetime but have always hated running with a passion. I've nearly given up this C25K programme THREE times, taken 32 weeks to do the 9 week programme and even today I can "power walk" faster than I can "run". Unbelievably for me I now actually enjoy "running" (maybe today was the exception that tests the rule?), I've joined a local beginners' running club and wish I'd done this years ago and feel better physically and maybe more importantly feel mentally better as well. The C25K programme is wonderful but finding this forum to support and encourage me has eclipsed even the programme itself. Quite simply, THANK YOU!, I would no way have made it to the end without you. I'm not going to single anyone out - you know who you are! See you all when I am back from hospital in a few days.