Ever since this post, my running journey has continued to be difficult. healthunlocked.com/couchto5...
Anaemia and thyroid tests were negative. I was told to come back if it didn't go away (if it did it would probably have been a virus). Anyway, I still haven't been back because some friends, who've either never run before or not for years, thought they would like to do C25k. So I just enjoyed doing the plan with them and together we ran the Perth kilt run in August. Since then I have continued with "jogettes" and continued to feel weak but of course now I don't know if I'm engaged on a 5ktoCouch reverse process due to lack of self-belief or whether I actually have some issue or other. I ran a slow 4k yesterday and was weak all day. So, I am going to do my best - I mean ACTUALLY DO MY BEST - to make real progress through November, and then unless I think I'm making real improvements I will take myself to the docs at the end of this month. I'm declaring that here to encourage myself to do so!
But the point of this post isn't to moan. Quite the reverse actually. After all the progress I made from C25k last year up to 10 miles in the spring, I have been sad to miss all the events I had hoped to participate in this year BUT there is an odd but VERY REAL sort of satisfaction in the fight back run, isn't there? I know many who frequent this forum have had to fight back from injury or illness so you'll know what I mean.
Week 1 Run 1 of C25k, Week 5 Run 3, Week 9 Run 3, a 10k, a whatever-distance all bring their own reward when we know we've had to try very hard to achieve them.
Today I've been thinking that when we take up running we are in it for the long haul. Improvement may be slow. Setbacks happen. But the road is in front of us and it's welcoming us all. Not just today or tomorrow but into 2018 and beyond. And we've got each other here, which is the icing on the cake - to switch metaphors suddenly.