This morning (at 5:45am – what has happened to me?!) I did run 2 of week 9. I am astounded I’ve got this far, the progress has been unbelievable from that first couple of weeks where I struggled to run a minute and couldn’t fathom doing 5, let alone 30.
I’m still finding the first half of the runs more tricky, feeling a bit stiff and getting breathing under control etc, but after around 15 mins I definitely feel more comfortable and steady. My bum has started to ache a bit after running which I’m going to take as a great thing as perhaps it means it’s toning up!
I plan to do my first ever parkrun with my dad on Saturday as my final run of the programme. This morning I managed 4.2k, which included the first warm up walk, so am still pretty slow! Average pace according to Strava was 8.50 min/km, so if my calculations are right, and I maintain that, I should complete 5k in between 42-43 mins, which I would honestly be so chuffed with – it would be the best Christmas present to myself. Am fully aware that’s still a chunk more than I’ve been doing though, so I plan to do the run as normal, slow down to a walk after 30 mins if I feel I need to, and see where I go from there.
Thanks to everyone here for all the support, this forum has been excellent and I've loved reading all the highs and lows of fellow C25kers - I don't think I'll be leaving in a hurry!
I am one of the least sporty people you’d ever meet and I still can’t quite believe I’ve done this programme from start to finish – not even repeating a run! It just shows you how much you’re really capable of (and how the gremlins can sometimes take over and make you believe lies!)
Wish me luck for Saturday! And good luck to all, whatever your week 😊