Well, I can hardly believe it but I've completed the C25K programme this morning! From puffing through 1 minute of running thinking I was going to die in week 1, I can now run for 30 minutes non stop.
I had planned to finish the programme before my summer holiday but work commitments and the heat meant that I didn't, so running kit was packed with a view to doing my graduation run today.
By 9 am when I was ready to run, it was already hot. I am in the beautiful town of Coniston and had planned out a route alongside the lake by looking online but didn't realise it had very little shade. I also didn't realise there were lots of gates which needed opened, meaning I had to slow to fiddle with the latches! It was also a rough gravel path which is different from my normal footpaths. All this meant my pace was much more irregular than normal but I still did it! And boy what views!
I am so proud of completing this as I have never run before. My husband and 2 teenage sons are also very proud of my achievement.
Before I did the programme I never thought I would be running on holiday, that Jo Whiley would be my mentor, that I would possess so much lycra, that I would know that I overpronate and that I would pay a small fortune for trainers!
I have posted a little but I have lurked a lot on this forum, taking advice and encouragement from those ahead of me on the programme or the administrators which helped me keep going even when it was hard. Thank you!
What's ahead? I am going to build up to 5k in 30 minutes, I am going to sign up for our local park run with my boys and I am going to build on my progress. Beyond that I don't know, I'll see how it goes but I am very glad of the day I took the headstaggers and decided to donate my old trainers and track bottoms and embark on Couch to 5k! 👟