Excuse the photo, its a bit cliche but I am proud of it all the same.
Its been a long slow journey with lots of bumps along the road but today I graduated! Four weeks ago having done week 9 runs one and two I was feeling so confident but it shows how quickly I could be knocked off my snug little perch. The following day I was admitted to hospital with a chest infection. I didn't run for a couple of weeks and the past two weeks I have kept trying week 9 run 3 ..again and again and again until eventually today I completed it. I am not sure how I was meant to feel. I had just achieved something amazing ..an overweight grandma ..who has always struggled to exercise and I have to say never truly enjoyed it. I simply stared at the 'graduate' message on the app in what was very thick cooling fog here in the hills this morning. But I did it. I have learnt so many lessons, how to run is the least of them, I have always been frightened of failure. I have learnt no matter what obstacles are put in front of you, with perseverance and consistency you can steer a path through them and succeed. My obstacles will have been different to yours but we all get them. In weeks to come as my running journey continues I will reflect and share those obstacles with you because they are a huge part of who I am today. This so called 9 week journey of C25K actually has taken me exactly 12 weeks but the bigger truth is my journey back to health has taken over 2 years.
I know I couldn't have done this past 12 weeks without this forum. Friends and family have not always been understanding of the struggle we all face in completing this program. Many of you have kept in touch through the 'chat', you all know who you are and you have been a huge part of my journey. Thank you x
Now where is that podium and badge.