Couch to 5K
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The hardest run yet, W9R3 Graduation, woo hoo!

Due to a whole range of factors, including dancing all Saturday night at my cousins wedding and not getting to bed until 1.30am this was a pretty tough run. My breathing was all over the place, my foot was aching from dancing/being hauled around the dancefloor in high heals and pretty tired from lack of sleep. But sheer determination took over and I did it :) woo hoo!

Not bad for the girl who hated sport at school, was always picked last or second last for teams in PE. I couldn't run because of my "milk bottle" glasses bounding about on my nose making the whole world spin and carrying my asthma inhaler everywhere.

I'm now 36 and I've had CFS/ME for over 10 years, at times I've been unable to walk or sit up. I had a time about 5 years ago where I was quite well but I got really ill again and have been slowly getting better for the last 4 years. I've been quite well for around a year now (touching plenty wood).

I was watching Nell McAndrew at the London Marathon on tv (she is such an inspiration) she was talking about doing park runs, I’d never heard of them. I started googling and read all about it but decided that 5k was impossible for me. That’s when I discovered NHS c25k, I thought well I’ll manage the first couple of weeks maybe.

Week 1 – I remember saying, OMG how many more 1 minute runs are there? I can’t manage another but I did and I have done the whole 9 week plan, it’s fantastic. Couldn’t have done it without you guys, Laura and the NHS team.

I think I have done the 5k, I say think because my husband measured the route with his bike computer, not sure how accurate it is!

Going to have the Hairy Dieters Pan-fried bacon with poached egg and balsamic tomatoes for lunch, it’s yummy. What else should I do to celebrate?

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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Congratulations ellerunner & well done for ploughing ahead when you felt a bit worse for wear! It's great that you haven't let your health problems stop you doing C25k, you're an inspiration to us all. :-)


Thank you :) still can't believe I've done it.


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