And there we have it, the fabled graduation! Stuck for words really, though no doubt I am about to ramble again...
The run itself I loved every moment. The new trainers felt a b s o l u t e l y amazing, I've never really bought into the technology behind these things too much, but then again I have never really been a runner. Didn't feel like I was running on tarmac & pavement at all, it felt like I was running on my new bouncy soles and they were so damn comfortable, definitely put an extra bit of boost into each step, and saved a bit of energy. 💨 Only challenge with them was making sure I avoided any rogue 🐶💩 on the route 😜
Although I knew I'd be running the route again, passing everything by was very much like a personal victory parade and I was grinning from start to finish. The back pain didn't come back at the 20 minute mark, the pace was roughly the same as R2 with a little added extra, and I made a last minute decision to alter my route a bit at the end too.
Traffic was pretty bad, so turned left at the last mini roundabout to run straight up a main road on a hill until I hit the 25 minute mark. It felt like I had run further than ever before, but I was loving it now. 5 minutes now mostly downhill and I still had some left in the tank. I was still going to be short of 5k but I didn't care, I was going to carry on until the 5k was done to set another milestone. (Thanks to IgaT for the inspiration there).
Ran past my finishing point from wednesday and straight on towards the barbers, this now wasn't a struggle like R2, I was going for my victory lap. Laura chimed in to say congratulations and I was done, checked the gear fit 2.9 miles. .2 to go! That was it, I had finally graduated!!!!
I didn't want to stop, so spotted a gap in the traffic and darted across the road. Downhill now, Brow Lane... all downhill 😁 It felt like I was at my speediest for the entire run, the endorphins were celebrating with me, checked again 3.01, pick up the pace even more, then it quickly refreshed to 3.12 as I was about to sprint. The gear fit had caught up with me and I had done it.
Graduated and completed my first 5K to boot!
Many many thanks to all who have supported and given advice throughout these 9 weeks, I'm not going to call out names in case of missing anyone, but I'm sure you know who you all are I sure do. You've offered wisdom, inspiration and motivation with all your posts and comments.
It's taken 2 years to finally finish this, but I'm hopefully now just getting started. Plans now are to consolidate for a few weeks, try and fit a park run in one weekend, run in mexico! then maybe see about BridgeTo10K when I return.
For those who's graduation runs are very close - you've got this now, get to R3 and enjoy every moment - you've deserved it, and can't wait to hear about those runs.
Thanks again! Jonny aka sHAYM4N