having tried to kickstart my running/jogging unsuccessfully over the last couple of years even though i have gone through c25k before, I really didn't believe that when I started 9 weeks ago that I would go the distance. Well fast forward 9 weeks to August 7th 2017 and I ran my last run of week 9. It hasn't been an easy journey, there have been times when my monkey (look up chimp paradox) has been unbearable to live with, but the times I have ran him into submission have been great. My last run of week nine was one such run... I really wasn't in the mood to do it, and the more I convinced myself I wasn't going out the more I didn't want to. After a virtual telling off I donned my gear and went out ... had to changed my route from the usual one I run on as the other has a regular group of hoody wearing, teenage spotty oiks loitering and I didn't want any jeers or hassle, the route change didn't bother me but there was something niggling me whilst I was running ... pace ... why still after all this time am I bothered by this when I really need to focus on stamina I still don't know ... any way I digress ... i made it to the 2 mile mark with 2 minutes left still to go, could i dig deep and push on ... I did and i was pleased and proud of myself for doing it and getting out there.
Well that's c25k done, a couple of weeks at the 30 minute mark and then I am embarking on the bridge to 10k so wish me luck. next year I am joining the ranks at the start line for the essar chester half marathon in April running in support of Guide Dogs Cymru, Hope to see you there.
And to all those just starting c25k or thinking of starting c25k, don't hesitate just do it. Yes times do get tough, yes there are times where you will think you cannot go on and why are you doing it but like so many others and myself included you get through it with help, support, this great forum and the people who post to it, and you weirdly start looking forward to the next run.
just remember keep wombling along
Steve P. aka the womblejogger