Did my third 30 minute run to finish off week 9.
I've never been a runner, really never. Certainly been active enough with walking and some sports but I don't think I've run for more than a minute in my adult life.
Last year, as part of recuperating following treatment for leukaemia, I set myself a target of 4m steps (it's about 11k steps a day) and, with the help of my trusty pedometer, completed it a couple of days before new year. I thought I'd maybe do the same again this year or just up the target a wee bit but then came across C25K in January and thought ... "why not?"
I started on the treadmill, it seemed easier and less embarassing to fail in the comfort of your own spare room! Plus I just couldn't imagine running outside ... I mean, how do you start! So I followed the plan religiously, fully expecting it to be well beyond me .... but it wasn't and each step up was just enough of a stretch but also just achievable.
Like many others I expected the W5R3 to be a bridge too far but all the preparation worked and sweating, huffing and puffing (but not as much as I expected) I passed that hurdle.
Then came the make or break moment .... my treadmill blew up. A flash and puff of smoke, circuits tripped and the smell of a now dead treadmill motor. Although I planned to get a replacement I had to brave outdoors for week 6. there's a disused railway path nearby with a signpost saying 1.3 miles so off I set. Outdoors was certainly different but way more fun than I expected. For weeks 6-9 I've included an outdoor run when daylight permitted.
I only came across this forum and the podcasts a couple of weeks ago and have enjoyed reading other folks tales, empathising with the other 1962 babies, understanding those fearing the 20 mins, congratulating those reaching the 25 min "You are now a runner" ...and also starting to wonder what comes next? For me I think I can happily replace a 30 min walk with a 30 min run a couple of times a week, maybe I can stretch it a little further ... 40 mins doesn't sound too daunting, maybe 45 or 50? Who knows I'm halfway to an hour already