I felt weirdly anxious this morning when I got up knowing that today was the day that I was going to get this done 🤞 I hadn’t slept well as ‘it’ had been going round in my head and the tunes 🎶 from the playlist I’d compiled just before bed were still ringing in my ears.
MinnieMoo55 and I had arranged to run together at exactly the same time so 10.30am for me and 3.30pm for her. I started getting ready and realized that my lucky 🎄🩲 (of course I couldn’t not wear them 🤣) were wet in the washing machine 😱 I threw them into the tumble dryer and then felt in a total panic about getting out on time with 10 mins to take off 🚀 I decided I’d just have to do my warm up commando 😳 what a sight 🙈 and thankfully well out of view of anyone 😂 So, dry knickers on 👍 leggings, trainers and off I went on my warm up walk.
Martha Reeves started off by telling me I had ‘Nowhere to Run’ 🏃♀️ Oh yes I do I said and headed steadily down the road feeling not too bad when The Isley Bros asked ‘Who’s that lady?’ I had purposely put my tunes 🎶 on shuffle and it never ceases to amaze me how the right song and lyrics arrive at just the perfect spot to give a boost 💪 Seven Seas of Rye, one of my fav Queen tracks followed, by which time I was at the bottom of the road where I have to wait at a huge traffic junction with pedestrian lights🚦 Unfortunately I must have just missed them so I knew there’d be quite a long wait 😬 Just back from the pavement is an enormous concrete pot with trees 🌳 and shrubs in, a bit like a mini roundabout so without having stopped I just kept running round and round it. The people in the cars 🚗 at the lights must have wondered what on earth I was doing 🤔 and when The Average White Band said ‘Let’s go round again’ I burst out laughing so they must have thought I was even more bonkers 🤣 It felt as though I’d run at least 1km going round and round then, just when I thought the lights must have broken the green man allowed me to cross 👍 Over the road I went and turned onto the old railway line as Frankie Valli sang ‘Who loves you?’ Jo then told me I was only halfway through 🥴 and 👺 made an appearance. I knew I should be much further along but having been delayed at the lights I was feeling a little disheartened 😕 Peter Frampton’s ‘Show me the way’ started playing and when he asked ‘I wonder how you’re feeling?’ I laughed, swatted the gremlin👺 away and thought, actually I’m ok. At 20 minutes I really started to enjoy it, smiling and singing along, and just as Steve Winwood told me to ‘Keep on Running’ I could see a very ‘fit’ 30 something male runner 🏃♂️coming towards me. I obviously put on an extra spurt (sorry, so shallow 🙄) and as he passed he gave me a huge smile which made me feel 👌 Jo said 25 minutes as Boston sang ‘More than a Feeling’ and as I started thinking about when I would do my first Consolidation run (yes, really 😂) Bachman-Turner Overdrive burst forth with ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’ and then Jo said I was done. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry and wondered whether MinnieMoo55 across the pond would be feeling the same 😊
Due to my 🚦 delay I had further to walk home but burst into a huge grin when the fireworks went off at the end of my warm down walk and I was finally a graduate. I still had a further 10 mins to walk home and was accompanied by Fleetwood Mac ‘Go your own way’ and very aptly The Doobie Brothers ‘Listen to the Music’ 🎶
What a challenge this has been but I am immensely proud of myself. I feel fitter, stronger both physically and mentally and when I think back to how I struggled to run for 1 minute to get to 30 minutes it’s incredible. I never thought my back and neck would tolerate it, but it has 😃C25K has provided me with the focus and distraction I needed and I hope to be able to carry on getting out 2-3 times a week, getting more comfortable at 30 minutes and eventually building to running 5k, in however long that takes. They have a park run here in Toronto too so maybe we’ll join in with that one day... when we all can 🙏 I also have that longer term aim of running 5k across the Toronto islands before we head for home in Summer 2023. I can’t wait to be able to run at home by the coast and in the countryside lanes when we return to retire. My husband talks about us ‘running together’ now all the time 😬 and I’ve told him slowly for me 🐢🐌 and not too far 🤣
There was a bottle of 🍾 chilling in the fridge so when I got home and after I’d done my post run stretches 😇 I rehydrated in the ‘probably not recommended way’ 🥂 and he cooked brunch.
I can’t end without saying thank you 🙏 to each and everyone of you on this fabulous forum who have posted, replied, liked, inspired, motivated and advised... I couldn’t have done it without you 💕 And to some very special people who started at around about the same time as me, you know who you are 💁♀️
And a very special shout out to my running buddy MinnieMoo55.... see you in Consolidation 🥰
Sorry this is long but I’ve been advised it’s important to document these occasions 👍😂