I'm so new to this site - only discovered it in W8!!! Wish I'd found this 9 weeks ago!!!
Anyway, here I am - the wrong side of 55 - never run in my life before now, and suddenly I'm about to graduate!!!
Like most people, I've had challenges - mostly the VERY hot weather we have had in the south since I started W1 at the end of June! My most enjoyable runs to date were W6 R3 and W7 R1 & R2 when I visited my brother in Scotland where the temperature was so much fresher and cooler!!!
I have mostly run outdoors although when it was too hot, resorted to the air-con of the treadmill at the gym! (Have never run on that before!)
I can remember oh so well dreading the 3 minute run and then the horrifying jump from 5 mins to 20 mins - so elated when I achieved that one!!!
I can honestly say that sometimes I have had 2 rest days in between running & on 2 occasions a break of 4 days (weekend away/life work & family getting in the way), and agonising as to whether I would then achieve the next run or not. But I did!!
My reason for starting to run this late in life is because up until now I have been walking daily for 2 hours with my trusty dogs who now sadly are very old & can't do long distances anymore. Gym and swimming are fine but I miss being outdoors in the fresh air.
For the record I am definitely not at the 5k stage yet, (more like 3k) but my aim was to be able to run continuously for 30 mins regardless of the speed. I know that I am faster & can go for longer when it is cooler and that the heat slows me considerably but I'm hoping this will improve in time!
My mantra is the infamous words of Dory from Finding Nemo!!
"Just Keep Running" 🏃🏃🏃🏃🏆