I started the couch to 5k in December 15. After my first run I couldn't even unlock the door to get in our apartment I felt so ill. The minute runs felt so long and the minute rest felt so short.
I stuck with it and after week 2 I started to look forward to my runs.
Once the runs started to get longer I was filled with fear but was surprised how quickly you get used to them.
The couch to 5k app is so good at getting you in the habit of running.
When I ran my first 5k I was so tired, my husband was setting me targets of landmarks to run to and wouldn't let me stop. I was so excited but exhausted when I had done it.
I carried on with the 3 runs a week routine and soon found I was able carry on to 6k, within 2 months of doing the first 5k I ran my first 8k.
In May 16 I ran my 1st 10k.
My husband then convinced me to enter a half marathon. I really worked hard through the summer and in September 16 10 months after I tried to run for the first time I ran 21.1km in 2.5 hrs.
By this point I had the bug and immediately entered another half marathon which I did 6 months later in April 17 in 2hr 18.
I moved to Australia in October 17 and joined a running group to make friends, my new running buddies were all way better than me and over the past 8 months I have used them to build speed and stamina and also felt confident enough to enter my first Marathon.
The past 4 months have seen my running improve no end. I have run a 24 min 5k, a 1hr 57 half marathon and next Sunday I am going to run my first Marathon. I am so scared but really excited at the same time. To think how far I have come in the past 2.5 years makes me really emotional. I struggled to run for a minute and next week I will run for 4.5 hrs. If I can do it then anyone can.