I embarked on c25k in August 2016 by using podcasts and a beginner's running group. Although i had run years before pre children, it was tough! At week 8, I ran for 38 minutes and managed 3.65 miles, I was euphoric! At graduation mid October 2016 I was running 4-6k twice a week and started parkrun shortly after. 5k running was my only goal on c25k, besides I have short legs and i am not a runner! Once consolidated during November and December (my goodness winter running was brr, fun), I decided to try for 10k. A few months later I was able to run 10k so entered the women's racing series 10k for june. During my 10k consolidation training period I did the virtual marathon in a month to push my monthly mileage, which worked a treat as I now run 30+ miles a month. June came and my womens racing series 10k race was tough due to being full of cold but done in 61 minutes, happy with that. July was the race for life 5k as my 7 year old wanted to run with me and it was great fun. Then another 10k virtual summer challenge. So what next? Well what about 10 miles I thought, so I set up another training plan. The school holidays were full of running training with kids on bikes as my support team! During my training runs i did the cosford virtual 10k although medal still in the post! We got through the plan and I enjoyed longer runs of 8 miles with the kids. Now I am up to the elusive 10 miles and have been awarded a virtual 10 mile medal (awaiting delivery). 10 miles is tough and it is not pretty at the moment while my legs get used to the distance and I work out my fuelling. I hope to consolidate 8-10 miles now. All this has been a tough road with some horrible runs (like today), some lovely runs and some minor niggling injuries along the way. It has been a learning curve but it has helped my mental health. I am no athlete, feeling more like an imposter runner. I have no running buddies and at times it is tough and lonely going solo. I am considering a hm next April (am I mad or delusional) but I hate crowds and failing. I have had a good year of running and have achieved what I never thought possible. I did it with the help and advice from here and I am truly thankful.