I am fickle and I lack stickability.
This has been my downfall on many occasions before when I've started a new diet/exercise plan, I strat off super keen and take it too far, I get really hungry or sore, and I give up after a month.
Which is why I am so happy to now be in week 8 of C25K!!!
The first 10 mins of any run are normally pretty hellish, as was the case this morning. When Laura marks the first 5 mins and tells me I should be settling into a nice rhythm, I think that my rhythm must be experimental jazz 'cos it's all over the place! Then, imperceptibly over the next 5 mins or so, I ese into it, I feel looser, and my pace picks up. And I enjoy it!
I altered my route today, as my previous loop wasn't quite long enough any more, and I must look like an idiot fast walking the last few mins up and down my street! The variety was good, although it's a bit hilly!
On these longer runs, I am finding I need to stretch. Also, I have taken up some other exercise, a bit of resistance training and conditioning, to hopefully improve my strength and posture and avoid injury.
Like many of you, I've been noticing increasing fitness but that hasn't been showing on the scales. I'm lucky in that I'm not a million miles off the healthy weight bracket (about a manageable 10lbs, although I'd like to be a stone lighter). Hopefully upping the physical activity with this resistance training will help shift a few pounds. I'm eating sensibly but just can't face the thought of counting points/calories/whatever!
I'm off on business for a few days next week, and looking forward to running some of week 9 in a new setting.
No doubt, the people in this community are a HUGE part of my sticking with something for this long. It's great to have your input, advice and encouragement! Thank you, my running friends I wouldn't still be here without you!