I posted my Graduation quickly earlier today, thank you very very much to all of you, I had a couple of things to say which I didn't have time for earlier
I'm still smiling about the achievement of the last 9 weeks, I have my best friend to thank for showing me the C25K podcasts as it opened up a whole new world, not just the running but talking about running (daily) having unexpected additions to the wardrobe (leggings!!?) and a GPS tracking device lol and social media too - I'll come back to that in a minute.
It has not been an easy 9 weeks, 27 battles with mind and body; sweating, huffing and puffing, exhaustion, hurting, embarrassment of wobbly bits, stiff and aching muscles, avoiding mirrors, frustration, disappointment, clear evidence of loss of sanity (since when was running fun? And when did the need to join organised races happen? And that is me writing a blog thinking about a marathon?) not managed to quit the smokes yet, laughter and the odd emotional moment (quite a few reading and supporting your posts)
I'm fitter, I have changed shape (although the odd tyre effect that has developed in my tummy area is not amusing! Fat use should be by direction not left for the body to choose all by itself! Lol ) I have more energy and most importantly I feel really, really good about myself.
I firmly believe I would not have done this without you all. I have never used a social online community before, I don't even have a Facebook page. Everyone here's support, comments, empathy and encouragement has been enjoyed and gratefully received. There's a particular group of you that have been with me since the beginning, back in the days of a couple hundred members. I have looked for your posts every day, you are graduates, long time runners or just a couple of weeks away, you are curry eating, wine drinking, secret keeping, chocolate eating, treadmill running (get outside! ), bear hunting, 10k running, tattooed, Garmin watch owning... (did I cover everyone? )
The kindness of strangers... very fine people who have given me a daily reminder that the world is full of good people.
I did this with you all. Heart felt - Thank you. (virtual hug)