Well, this afternoon I ran my 3 miles for Sport Relief - except it wasn't quite 3 miles. The instructions were confusing and different marshalls kept telling us different things about how many circuits to do.......BUT I definitely ran for 36 minutes, however far it was, and earlier this week I ran 40 minutes and 43 minutes in training using the week 9 podcast, so I reckon that makes me a C25K graddie!! (and I've also raised over a hundred quid for Sport Relief).
I started running on January 2nd this year, real New Year's resolution stuff, and found this programme the same week. It has been brilliant. Like so many others on this forum, I cannot believe that this is me, aged 55 and overweight, getting cross because I didn't get chance to run a full 3 miles!!!
I hasten to add that I am still very slow (my 43 mins was for 5K) but that's something to work on. The main thing is that I CAN run for that long without stopping, which must mean my stamina has improved beyond anything I could have dreamed of.
I've definitely got the running bug, have signed up to run for WaterAid in the Bupa London 10k in May when I really plan to 'big up' on the sponsorship, plus the Ealing Half Marathon in September (it goes right past my front door, so I'm just being lazy. Ha ha). I'm going to try a parkrun in a few weeks and even thinking of getting some running tights (steady on!!).
This really is like a dream come true - and although I haven't lost any weight yet, I've firmed up and now see food more as fuel and enjoy working out what would be best to keep me running or help me recover, so I know that I'm not filling myself with junk any more.
The other thing I haven't said on here before is that I'm training for ordination (vicar school) and due to get my dogcollar in summer 2013, and that journey has been part of my motivation for getting fit; I just didn't think I'd be up to the demands of ordained ministry, or indeed be a very good role model, in my previous couch potato state. I'm also secretly harbouring a desire to start a C25K group in my new church, so watch out for lots of fit Christians out there on the roads!!
OK, I expect not that many people on C25K are planning to be vicars, so please apply the principle to your own chosen career path! But I really hope that anyone new to the programme will take heart from the progress I've made. I shall certainly stay on this forum as I've so valued everyone's encouragement and advice - hopefully I can do my bit and pass on the goodness too!