On a high - just in from running my first 30 minutes EVER!!!!!! Can't believe it. I am sweaty, red-faced, tired, but elated! The end is in sight and it feels good. I went out today in a simu-run for Sunday's race - I haven't run in the afternoon before and the weather is as forecast for Sunday - sunny and a bit warm. Made 4.6km in 30 minutes - delighted with that. Extended my current preferred route a bit in the middle and at the end and loved it. Has made me feel less anxious about the 5k race. The podcast is fun and I like the way there is a lot of Laura.
I actually felt a little like crying at the end of it - in a good way - I just feel that this has been such a long road for me. I will write a "proper graduation post" after I have done this three times (and after the race) - but I am so happy with the pleasure that this has given me, the sense of achievement, the changes in my lifestyle and physical and mental fitness it has resulted in. I am in a state of disbelief. Like many people here I have never been able to do anything like this before and it's taken a lot of effort - but there are aren't many things I have done in my life that have had such great pay-off.