Hello running fiends,
I started C25K in August last year, and because it was hot, I did all my runs first thing in the morning, before work, at 6:15am. I also loved the fact that there were less people around, as when I started the programme I was a little self-conscious of how slow I ran, and how I huffed and puffed! But I grew to love that time of day. The air is still fresh from the night, the birds are singing their little hearts out, and there is (I believe) always an air of optimism at the start of a new day.
Graduated in November elated with the fact I could now run for 30 mins straight, and determined to keep up the routine and improve, I kept on running - through rain, through snow, through minus temperatures! Three times a week without fail. Very slowly increased my time and distance. Sometimes it was a struggle, sometimes I had to postpone because of ice or illness, but still, the early morning routine stuck.
And this week I feel rewarded for persisting through the cold, dark winter months. I got out at my usual time today, and the sky was a perfect blue. It was warm enough for (new!) shorts and vest, yet the air still had a cool freshness to it. I ran a joyful 5k in 29 minutes at a pace that felt right. I ran across fields, through a wood and then pounded pavements home.
I am so glad I took up this running lark. It has become an integral part of my life and the rewards (both physical and mental) have been monumental. So, if you are starting out - good for you! It gets better and better the longer you keep it up, and who doesn’t love running with the sun on their face and the wind in their hair, eh?
Happy running weekend, everyone.