Dear friends I have graduated! Can't believe it. I was nervous about the last run this morning even though I had already run the 30 minutes twice this week. I thought I would do it differently this week and do my 5 minute warm-up walk before the run started, so that I could set off running with everyone else. Unfortunately I got the timings wrong as the parkrun started late and had to pause the app and brisk walk on the spot aargh. When we did get going it was nice to set off at the back of the rest of the crowd instead of watching everyone else disappear into the distance. The challenge today was that it was exceptionally windy, and initially I felt as if the wind was just carrying me along. Unfortunately, later on I was running straight into it. It was almost impossible to make any progress. My legs were still going up and down but I wasn't moving forward at all. Laura seemed to have given up on me completely. I was gasping for breath which is always a bad sign of an impending need to give up. Then fortunately I turned at corner and the wind became easier. I managed to keep going and finished my 30 minutes at about 3.5k. I walked into the wind again - all the people in my bit of the parkrun had given up running and were walking into the wind with extreme difficulty now. A smug runner who had already finished presumably ages ago ran passed effortlessly in the opposite direction without looking at any of us. (He was running with the wind - of course it looked effortless!) My son joined me at the end and we ran the last bit together. Hoorah.
What am I going to do without Laura to encourage me and tell me what to do? I hope that I have the determination to consolidate and keep going. I am planning to keep running 3 times a week including the parkrun on Saturdays.
Good luck to everyone on the programme - if I can do it you can too!