I started my C25K journey 5 weeks ago and to be honest I never expected to enjoy running at all let alone fall in love with it. My last goal of 2019 was to stop smoking and i had planned to start my stopping in October as I have a busy month with work in Sept where I knew I would find it harder to stop. Roll forward to completing W4R1, I got to the end and something in me realised I didn't need to smoke... I can run to feel good.
I smoked my last cigarette on the 1st Sept, every time i would have bought a packet of baccy I have put the money in a pot to spend on running gear. 12 days in, when I feel stressed through my cravings i look back at my routes and remember how great it felt and I come onto here and read about how happy everyone else feels as they achieve each goal.... that makes me feel good.
Next Tuesday I am away with work, my normal routine once at the hotel would revolve around smoking so i know this is going to be a tough day however I have planned my runs and rest days so that i can run when i get to the hotel and then get through the rest of the evening on my high from running.
This leads me to my first big spend.... using the money I have put away and what would be added to the jar on Monday I have purchased some aftershokz headphones so that when I am running in strange places I can stay as safe as possible and still listen to Laura.
I would NEVER have spent this much money on some headphones that I will wear a few hours a week however that money would have literally gone up in smoke so this seems like a much better use for it.
C25K has truly changed my life and this community helps in so many ways.