This time last year I couldnt run for the train. Literally. One day I missed my train to work, and stood at the bottom of the footbridge steps near the station, crying cos I was so fat, miserable & my ankles hurt so much from the effort.
Several stone lighter now thanks to WW and this programme, and one hell of a lot fitter and happier . . . .
This morning, I went out for my 6 mile training run (longest yet, as I prepare for a 10k in June), I didnt think I could do it. I hadnt slept well, had a dodgy tum, hadnt eaten good stuff or drunk enough water yesterday. . . . blah blah blah . . .
I told myself to stop whinging, took an Imodium, went up the forestry track, This is a gradual but never bloody ending slope up. My usual strategy is to run up for a count of 50 and then down for 20 and turn back and repeat.
I walked for half a mile and then started my "run". I told myself to just run up for as long as I could before turning round for a recovery run down.
I ran 3.9 miles up the slope without stopping with hardly any trouble at all! And I also ran consistently faster than the pace I usually run at - I am normally very careful about pacing myself on these longer runs!
I turned round at a village called Abercregan - see pic - as I was afraid there might be sheep (my terrier can't be trusted near sheep!) and started running down the slope, which was easier on the lungs BUT so much harder on the legs! At mile 5 I really didn't think I would make it & cursed myself for having gone faster earlier, but next thing I glanced at my Garmin and I had done 6.5 miles!
I stopped at 7 as I thought enough was enough and I still needed to walk a fair way back to the car after all!
The only bit of me that aches (so far) is my neck as I felt I was tensing up during the 6th mile, concentrating so hard on keeping, had to remind myself every few paces to drop my shoulders, relax and smile!!!
Happy and proud!