Hi all - been lurking here a while but not posting. Tonight I finished W9R3 - did not quite manage the 5k in the 30 mins but as with W9R2 I carried on running a couple of minutes to complete the 5k after noticing on run1 that I had completed 4.85km and still had some energy left.
Hard to believe a few months ago I had never run for any distance - I was one who hated PE at school and skived off. Then one night at in October my 10 year old daughter told me she wanted me to run so I could be fit. We were just out for an evening stroll to burn off a big Sunday dinner I had cooked. To keep her happy I ran for 100 yards or so but that was as far as I could manage .
Told her it was not a good idea for someone in mid 50's to run unless I did it properly and that lead me to the C25K podcasts and here. My daughter ran with me at the start - sometimes we could only get one run in a week but we kept at it. At the end of Week 6 at the end of Jan she gave up . Was not simply not enjoying it any more. So since then I have been on my own but coming here for inspiration. Mostly managing three runs a week apart from a week off to ski and a couple of days off last week because of the weather.
For all those starting up , please believe in this programme - it really works. I remember questioning in the early weeks that I we were going to be running three minutes and thinking it would be impossible. But we could do it and the next time it would be easier. Most of our early runs were in the dark running around the local park with little light - how we managed to avoid twisting our ankles tripping over tree roots and rabbit holes I don’t know. But after a few weeks we started running round the local streets. Anyway I am now looking to consolidate these runs so will take a few weeks running the same distance and hopefully may try a park run soon.