I said I would let all the well wishers that responded to my last blog know once I had completed Week 9 run 3, well that time has come!!! This morning will mark a special occasion and milestone in my life as a success, as I have just completed the 9 week program only having repeated one run (on week 8 run 2) for the extra practice of running for longer as I only managed 18 minutes because I went out too fast!!!
I started this program touching 23 stone, never completing any exercise since my school days. And with me now touching 43 years, I now touch 17stone 10 (officially weighed by the Wiifit + at 06:15gmt!)).
I am able to jog now for 40 minutes covering 5.2km (officially timed by my pedometer at 05:50 gmt! this morning).
If you have never seen a fat bloke cry, then you should have been there this morning!!! I do not know whether it was my sense of relief, my legs burning all the lactic acid up through my calves or my new trainers that caused this emotion? However I have decided now that I am going to continue jogging and step up to the next challenge of jogging for real!!! I don't think I need St Johns Ambulance behind me anymore! Just a cohort of paramedics with a stretcher now will suffice!!!
I decided last week that this is not going to be the end of my waddling career as I am going to try to complete a 10k program by July 2012 once I am really comfortable for running 40minutes with ease.........if my body stands it that is!! I wish to lose another 4-5stone by doing this 10k plan and hopefully by then, the experience will become lighter for me when waddling.
It was extremely motivational listening to Laura throughout this process and on some mornings I couldn't wait for her to say "you have 1 minute left now, go for it" and other mornings I wanted to tell her to deposit her podcast where the sun didn't shine!!
For all you self conscious, disbelievers or unmotivated or new joggers out there about to complete this podcast or even if you are half way through.............believe me if i can do this in 9 weeks, you definitely can! Just keep focused do as the "great almighty one" tells you and you will do it, I promise.
It only remains for me to say and wish you all good luck with your waddling / jogging / running experiences, stay injury free and in the words of the great almighty one herself "don't go too fast and bye for now"!