It's a year since I began C25k. It was definitely one of the best decisions I ever made.
When I first graduated I took a couple more weeks until I could actually manage 5k (in 45 minutes) and then for a long while I stuck with 5k or 30 mins, with my challenge being to do the runs on progressively harder routes - my town is nothing but hill but there is usually a choice of shallow, moderate or steep. I'd run up the hill first to make my second half easier. It took me until August to be brave enough to begin my run with the downhill bit.
It was in September my running took off. I bought some trail shoes, and went on some nice long countryside runs. Because you cannot run fast in the country when there are stiles, bogs, cattle, brambles across the path, nice views to stop and photograph etc, I slowed way down from what I had been doing on the roads, and that really helped. I completed the Bridge to 10k programme. When I did my first 10k I felt like I still had plenty in the tank, so I decided I'd do a HM.
I've entered a few races, though all have either been postponed or gone virtual. I have a nice shiny medal for a 10 mile run, and another for a HM. On New Year's Eve I did my first ever 5k in under 30 mins.
My sister was my inspiration for beginning C25k (she was on the BBC earlier this week in a segment on a morning show about C25k, she runs the London City Runners' C25k group) and for ages I was picking her brains on how to do this and that. She's still my guru, and she's way fitter, younger and faster than me. But I've run farther than her in one go, and she's yet to do any countryside running, so I'm looking forward to welcoming her to my routes when the lockdown eases, and she can have her first taste of trail running.
I had a BMI of 30 when I began. It's now 25. That's partly from burning calories running, but it's mostly from thinking, "Hmm, do I really want to be carrying this chelsea bun around with me on all my runs?" and not having the chelsea buns.
I've rambled on a bit - thank you for indulging me if you got this far - but I thought I'd share where it's possible to be a year later, if you are a dumpy middle aged woman who hadn't exercised properly in ten years, and use C25k as your springboard.