But really pleased. I completed W8R3 on Saturday 14th by running 5k in approx 32 mins. I then went on holiday for a week on the Algarve. On the first night of my holiday (Sunday) I over ate & drank too much so Monday was a write off, asleep on a sun lounger all day. I took it easy Monday night and woke at 7.30am on the Tuesday morning. I stood on the balcony of my apartment watching the locals jogging on the beach and felt so jealous that i put my trainers on and joined them. I have never ran outside in my life, only ever on the treadmill. Being away from home meant I wasn't self conscious. So I ran 20 minutes and came back elated but cream crackered. Then that was it. I am but flesh and the lure of food and drink took over for the rest of the week. Last week I was off work at home, but the treadmill watched me, unused, whilst I carried on eating and drinking. This morning I thought itwasa time to give W9R1 a go before getting back to the working routine tomorrow. I read advice on here about starting slower after a lay off. In truth I thought it would have to start back at week 5. Starting at 8.2 kph instead of previous 9.0kph+ I plodded on and managed to run 5k in 35.5 minutes. That is 35 minutes non stop running after a fortnight of body abuse. It looks like the 8 weeks graft before the holiday had not diminished. I can now say "i am a runner". 10 weeks ago I hadn't run for two years. I am 45 years old. If anyone doubts that they can do the programme take my story as evidence that if I can do it anyone can!
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