Over the last few weeks I've come to regard Michael Johnson as a close personal friend but for my first "post graduate" run I decided to leave him at home. It was a wrench but I didn't want to get into that waiting-for-Michael-to-tell-you-it's-nearly-over thing, just listen to the music, concentrate on the running and not worry about the time.
It's an absolutely glorious and sunny day here in London and Brockwell Park was at its very best with great views over the city. I don't know what I was doing differently but everything seemed to come together--I felt at times I was gliding along on wheels rather than running.
So when the the half hour was up I decided I might as well keep going for another song or two, and what can I tell you--Couch to 5k in 10 weeks and 5 days. And I really do mean "couch".
I can't tell you how pleased and proud and grateful I am--thank you NHS, thank you BBC, thank you Michael Johnson and above all thank you all the wonderful people on this forum.
If I can do this anyone can. I'm 57, overweight, with dodgy knees and hips and every exercise programme I've ever contemplated before has either petered out or never even got started.
Tell your friends, tell your family, tell random strangers at the bus stop. Let's start a revolution!