Just here to say hello and thank you to all of you in this wonderful community! Yesterday, I did my very first C25K run after meticulously preparing it with the aid of the FAQ pages and all those other helpful posts.
I must say that I have never felt more supported in my whole life. School had basically teached me that I’m not good at sports at all, and while I have done a little bit since (especially dancing), I always felt that running was not for me.
So I felt very nervous yesterday and even prolongued the warm up walk because I didn’t want to start running with too many people around. Then Laura said „you can do it“ and I started to run and literally began to cry out of sheer relief. The sentence „you are going much to slow, try harder“ had been in my head for so long, and here I was running and even being encouraged to take it veeery slowly.
I went as slow as a snail, knowing that if I went any faster I could easily spoil my first run, and all through the way there was that silly happy smile on my face because I was finally doing it (oh, here come the tears again!).
Then I thought: That's it! For me, it’s not about reaching any other goal besides being healthy and happy. It’s not even a goal, it’s the way. If I keep on running, I want to have that silly happy smile on my face no matter what.
For the rest of the day I felt as if the volume of my lungs had suddenly doubled and there was oxygen everywhere in my body. In the evening, browsing through the forum, I realized that I had just discovered the Japanese „slow running“ mentioned in some posts.
I’m looking forward to my next run tomorrow. Again, thank you so much!