Well folks, this is the one I've been waiting for If you'd asked me 9 weeks ago if I'd ever get to this point, I'd have said "no". I fully expected, if I did get this far, that I'd be saying "Thank goodness that's over, I'm never running again". But not only has my fitness level improved dramatically, my outlook on life has improved, and I intend to continue running, believe it or not. I actually quite like the outdoors now.
So today's run. I was a little apprehensive this morning, as it was pouring down, but I put my faith in the Met Office app, and, ever the optimist, donned shorts, t-shirt, and trainers. Sure enough the weather cleared up, and off I headed on my lovely new route. Warmup walk done, my left knee, which is the one that's been bothering me a little over the past week, felt fine, my right knee also seems fully recovered now.
Now, one thing I loved about the new route I took last time, was that the towpath was much better maintained, with a much more even surface, less potholes. What I didn't realise, was that after heavy rain, it would basically become one giant puddle. This was my graduation run though, so I wasn't going to let a huge puddle put me off. If I couldn't go round them, I went through them, cautiously so as not to slip and do any more damage to my knees lol But I did it. I got to the half way point, the bell went ding, and I thought "You know what? I can do this!". And I did. I wasn't fast, and it certainly was short of 5k, I reckon about 4.5k, but I don't care. Because...
With the help and encouragement of all you lovely lot, I DID IT!
Thank you so much everyone for your support along the way, especially by virtual running buddie Sadie-runs. You're all wonderful
So now, after arriving back, taking off my waterlogged trainers, having a cuppa and washing the mud off my legs in the shower, time to relax, just for a while.
Last thing, I promise. I remember being on week 1 and finding other people's graduation posts rather daunting. Don't worry guys, the plan is good, and it works! What's the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. If you can't imagine doing the whole thing, just focus on the week you are on. You'll do fine