It's Sunday and the proverbial day of rest. I just thought I'd sign in and let fellow week one graduates known that I'm with them all the way. I spent last week reading all the blogs and questions and getting great encouragement from them.
I must admit that I went for a first try a couple of months ago and failed to complete W1R1. I was overdressed – T-shirt, fleece AND raincoat and my old walking boots (yes, boots!). I didn’t manage to download the podcast properly so used my ipod as a stopwatch to shamble along.. Needless to say I didn’t finish it. I ended up with most of my clothes tied around my waist, aching hot feet and a serious case of disappointment. It was so hard and my breathing was crazily bad.
Last week I just felt ready to try again. I was pretty convinced I wouldn't make it - 60 seconds seemed so long the last time. Better dressed (new but cheap trainers will need to be replaced asap) I got out there. It has been a great week - great for my poor old body and for my morale. A real plus too has been the fact that my identical twin sister (in the same position as me but not the same country!) joined me and we're doing the C25K together.
Yesterday morning I did W1R3 and am transformed! It was so much easier and I am amazed at how quickly your body “picks up”. Despite years of neglect the muscles just know what to do and how to recuperate! I’m still the same 51 year old out of condition person I was a week ago, but in my head I’m on the path to being a runner.
Isn’t it incredible how big a lift this gives you psychologically? I don’t feel too worried about 90 seconds next week, but 3 minutes sounds long FOR NOW. The difference is that I know that will change. Isn’t this great? Good luck to all of you and, above all, ENJOY!!