My graduation week is finally underway and I've survived the first of the 3 runs (yay!).
I started out well, and actually thought to myself "I feel/look like a runner" although that feeling lasted all of 2 or 3 minutes when I realised I'd started a bit too fast and promptly got a stitch and had to slow down to my usual snail pace. The gremlins decided this was the perfect time to come out from hiding and remind me that I couldn't possibly complete the run as I had a stitch. I decided to just keep going and see how far I got and after 5 minutes the stitch subsided and the gremlins were well and truly silenced. Result: Gemma 1 - 0 Gremlins
After about 20 minutes, I suddenly spot a group of about 30 runners in a group coming right for me. I felt so intimidated that I promptly crossed the road and ran down an alley to get away, so that I didn't have to pass them. I don't know what I was so worried about... I think I was just thinking "oh my god there's so many of them and they all look like pros" and I just felt really silly and pathetic in comparison. But the important thing is, I kept going (albeit down some quiet side roads) and got to the end of the 30 minutes.
When I got home and elatedly told my partner I'd completed the run, he asked if I'd enjoyed it, to which my response was "enjoy is a strong word, but I DID it!"
On a sidenote - A bit of googling has since told me that the runners were part of the Ealing Eagles running club. And their website suggests they are much more friendly and less intimidating that my brain assumed they were!
2 runs to go!