Doing the programme from scratch for the second time is an interesting experience. So much less trepidation and uncertainty. I know what to expect - the highs and lows - and that I am, Hip allowing, perfectly capable of getting back to the 10K level and beyond.
I also don't give a rats about being 'seen', going 'slow', how I appear or any of that. Total joy in being able to get back after three months wipes out any self consciousness or silly things like that which I carried with me first time around.
The hardest part of the programme this time is having to have absolute discipline in following it properly. I hate the walking breaks. I hate that I can only run for the minute or whatever before stopping to walk. I hate that my run takes me only once and a bit around the Park route instead of my former 'usual' five time plus. I hate that its going to be about three months before I am where I can do the route through the nearby Compound...and even hate that I cannot pant, puff and obscenely swear my way up the Dreaded Hill Route
The 'original' day one and day two of week one saw me on day one almost being put in an ambulance because a passerby saw me doubled over and literally with a blue tinge in my face. Day two was hardly any better and my ONLY ambition then was to someday, somehow, get as far as MAYBE the end of week three or even a bit into week four
I started June 1st 2016 having literally never run more than a hundred paces in my life. Twisted foot bones, two types of Asthma and at that time being about thirty pounds overweight, having only a year or so before given up a daily twenty plus cigarettes habit of almost forty years...only reason I even tried Day one was that I was bored out of my skull. SERIOUSLY bored beyond belief adn knew how dangerous for me that was..
Desperation got me started in running - sheer joy has kept me going
Any new member here who, short of going against qualified medical advice, has finished day one in any kind of state - that is, still alive - can graduate if they just keep going out the door on the Run days and respect the Rest days. Forget about graduating in 9 weeks with 5K if need be. A poll we had here last year showed that less than ten percent graduate on time/with distance. Just keep it fun on some level, keep going out that front door...and I promise that you too will see 'Graduate' beside your name also and the heck with how long it takes
The other 'Old Timers' here know my story and its all in previous posts so not going ot belabour the point - but if you are still unsure that you can run, believe me,,,there are a few of us Graduates here that are literally still gobsmacked that this is not all a weird dream every time we go from the warm up walk to Running
Wishing you all the many happy miles that await in your futures