Whoohoo I did it!! It's only taken me 5 months, but when I started I thought it would take a miracle, so what's 5 months? I had stops and starts cos of illness but thankfully always went back (there's a wedding dress fitting on the horizon so focusing on that was all the motivation I needed!)
I started to struggle in week 8 & suddenly found myself having to stop during runs, which hadn't happened before. Last night was actually wk9r5, as the first 2 attempts had been a wash out & I refused to graduate until I'd done the 30mins 3 times consecutively. I think I was my slowest pace ever last night but I managed 4k. I still can't believe I can run that far! I walked the 5k Race for Life a couple of years ago & was exhausted! Now I can run it!
But for the first time today I'm soooo sore. My hips joints are killing me & everyone in work's laughing at me trying to walk round (evil bunch!). It's probably because I hadn't been out running for 9 days & then went & did 30mins. I'd wanted to stop so many times, struggled to breathe & often thought my legs were just going to stop of their own accord, but I just wanted to get it over & done with or there'd always be a mental block.
And now what? As much as I love that I can now run, I don't really want to go any further. If I can keep it up & get out twice a week & do 30mins, I'll be delighted...& amazed. I've actually started to find the longer distances quite boring so I think I need a buddy, but all my friends are either lazy or fast & competitive, so no good either way. I've signed up for Race for Life and another 5k plus might look at a running club, otherwise I worry I might lose interest.
Yay I'm a runner, who'd have thought?!!!!