I laid all my running kit out for a 6 am start this morning and promptly slept in! Not a great start to graduation day. But the the sun was shining and lovely OH said he'd come with me and bike me to work to make up the time and so off I went. I've been trying to go a little slower recently in the hope of building up to running a little longer both in distance and time today I really felt it just happened. 3.8K in 30 minutes and I just kept going at that pace to bag my first ever 5K in 39.10. One baseball cap went flying up in the air and a little dance of joy was done with a not so subtle Whoop,Whoop, whooooop!
1.The Wonderful People of this community who have been like my Virtual Trainers pushing me on – a massive gushing heartfelt “Thank You!”
2. The programme itself. I have found it utterly trustworthy. Thank you Laura!
3. I set myself the target to feel fit for 50. Still got 5 months to go and I am the fittest I have been in the last quarter of a century.
4. Confidence. That feeling that a year ago I couldn’t run for the bus – started on a treadmill as I didn’t want to wobble outside - now anything is possible! Park run....5K.... bring it on!
5. I’m trimmer.
6. Endorphins. WOW!
7. My OH buying me a Garmin Forerunner. I just love it!
1.The weather – has this possibly been the worst 9 weeks of Spring ever? Slippery mud and cold wind worse than the rain in itself.
2.Sore bits especially a sore hip. But worth it.
3.Bathroom scales. I’m tempted to chuck mine out of the window and reach for the tape measure and the heart rate monitor. Yes the scales are recording a loss of 10lbs since I started the programme... but it is so not the full picture, it’s almost an irrelevance.
4.Although I tend to look forwards rather than backwards, part of me is very sad I didn’t get off the couch sooner. Too busy working and raising children to give myself quality Me Time. If you are reading this with little children, too much work, etc. please beg, borrow or steal some time to do this. I think it will sustain you in everything you do.
1.My toenail on the middle toe on my right foot. Don’t ask although I think it’s from hillwalking rather than running.
2.Me in running tights (but now OKish with shorts on top!)
3.Mean spirited people, Run Saboteurs, who try to undermine your self-esteem. Back to the couch with you I say!
Happy running everyone!