Wahey! I’ve only gone and done it. W9R3 complete! I made a special playlist for my graduation run which meant that the last few minutes of my run were soundtracked by the Chariots of Fire theme and flip me, it got me all emotional! (Cheesy, I know.)
After my first attempt at C25K was thwarted at the end of week two by horrendous bursitis in both knees that required me to use crutches, I vowed I would restart the programme and complete it. And I have.
I’m going to spend the next few weeks working on doing 5K in thirty minutes. I’m so close! I’ve registered for Parkrun and I’m going to do my first one of those next month when I’ve got that 5K-in-30 sussed.
Top tips for any new runners reading this:
1) Go and have a gait analysis and get some good trainers that are right for your feet and the way you run.
2) Do quad and general leg-strengthening exercises every day – skwaaats, lunges, and anti-shin splints exercises in particular.
3) Stick to the programme and believe in it – it works.
4) Listen to your body and if it’s telling you to have an extra rest day or two, do so.
5) Don’t let injury put you off – I was stuck inside the house for three weeks, hobbling about and having to go up and down the stairs on my bum, but I got there in the end.
Huge thanks to everyone on here for being so supportive and helpful. There is so much advice and positivity on here and I love how everyone spurs each other along. Especially special thanks go to Oldfloss, Jan-now-runs and IannodaTruffe.
Happy running, everyone! X