...I went out for W1R1 and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I just looked back, it was 75F and I really felt like I was going to die with each run interval... somehow I finished it. Then I came here and got some good advice... I slowed down and I ran the plan at a sensible conversational pace. Since then I’ve gone on to 10k and am about to start my half marathon training.
So, how to mark the occasion? New shoes arrived early this afternoon (I’ve had gait analysis and already had a pair of the same model so was ok buying online) and it was hot out there... but the shoes kept calling to me. They needed testing so at 6 I decided to go and have a go at W1R1 again. What a difference a year makes! It’s the first time I’ve done a like for like comparison and it was hotter today (85F according to my car). I was expecting it to be easier, but I didn’t know by how much... didn’t want it to end and I got a bit emotional thinking back over the many runs in between. Had a look at the stats and I was running a LOT faster than this time last year... with not even a sign of the grim reaper.
C25K has completely changed my life... if you’re on the journey through it, yes some runs are tough, and maybe on a given day a run defeats us, but it’s so very much worth coming to the start line and trying again. You can all do this... change your lives... happy running.