When I started Couch to5k just over a year ago at the ripe of age of 49 (just about to hit my 50th milestone birthday), I was at a family and friends gathering, and mentioned to a few people my new found exercise routine, and how I was doing... (didn't tell anyone, except my husband, for the first few weeks as wanted to see if I could actually do it!), well my news was met by much negativity, and talk of 'why ever are you doing that?' and 'at your age' and 'on your own as a lone woman' etc etc. and one close family member being very negative asking why ever had I taken up the plan. I remember feeling very depressed after this reaction, and posting on here, and being cheered up by all the wonderful comments you all gave, so thank you.
Anyway, following on from that, I have graduated from the programme, and continue to run 3 times a week, in all weathers and throughout the winter months, two 4-5k runs in the week, and a run of anything from 4k to 16k (10 miles, my longest run to date!) at the weekend. That family gathering was now over a year ago and earlier this week, I met up with the close family member who was much against me completing the plan. Well, they had a friend visiting, and the subject of my running was brought up, and guess what!!!!! after the friend asking the same negative question of 'why on earth you doing that, bad for your knees etc', the close family member replied, ' Yes, she runs regularly, she loves it, and runs all over the place for miles, and has done so for over a year now'..... she sounded so full of praise for what I have achieved, and part of me did want to say, 'well that's not what you said a year ago', but I was just so overjoyed with her and the turnaround in her view.
Shows how perceptions can change!!!!!