Well here we are 9 1/2 weeks later. Unlike the film of the same name there was nothing erotic nor romantic about this (these) feet. It was sheer hard work. Pleasurable though when a run was completed. For me the most important part of the training was making myself have a rest day in between runs. I ran Monday, Wednesday and Saturday every week without fail, even when we went away for a week we carried on with the routine. On the rest days I could feel the muscles in my legs rebuilding themselves so that the next time I ran, my body was ready. I really think that this has been one of the best courses that i have taken part in. It seems to have been so well thought out. Each week the idea of running 90 seconds, 3 minutes, 5 minutes seemed unachievable yet when you put your mind to it it just seems to happen. And those repetitions in week 8 well they are progress in that they are building stamina.
Week 4 run 2 was a bit of a turning point. After completing the run and walking back home I felt a stab of pain in my chest and this continued for a while so I sat down and rested when I got home. It eventually went away. Run 3 I noticed that I was breathing much more easily when I ran. I came to the conclusion that I had freed something up in my chest and from then on my breathing was fine.
At the start of week 7 I started to use another app, mapmyride. An old app that I initially obtained to do cycling with but got used to measure my walking. Now i used it to measure my running. I wanted to see how far I was running as the C25k doesn't really tell you. Having used this app for week 7 I decided in week 8 run 2 to continue running after Laura told me that I could stop, I continued to 4k and thought why not try 5k so I carried on. It wasn't a very good time but I had managed to do it. I knew that I should be sensible and not overdo things so the rest of Week 8 and the first 2 runs of week 9 I kept rigidly to the program. This morning on my final run I decided to repeat the 5k and was pleasantly surprised to knock over 2 1/2 minutes off my time from last week.
So this is what I intend to do post graduation. I am going to run for 30 minutes on Monday, rest Tuesday, 5k Wednesday, rest Thursday and Friday, 30 mins Saturday, rest Sunday. When the 30 minutes coincides with 5k I shall enter a parkrun. How have you continued to progress since graduation. Oh and I was not alone these 2 spaniels have done every run with me so they too are graduates. Well done Mollie and Bella.