Right, first, and probably last, blog. Began the programme in July as a personal challenge, and a way to take my mind off other things. As a 60 year old grandmother, and a smoker of 45 years' nicotine addiction, I reckon it was a pretty daft thing to do. However, I've stuck religiously to the schedule, and completed W9R1 last night. According to my new pal, Endomondo, I ran 3.08 miles in 30.01 minutes, narrowly missing the 5k.
Although I can now run for 30 minutes without stopping, which is pretty miraculous when I think back to the near-death feelings of W1, at no point have I enjoyed any of it, probably owing to the lung-clogging effects of ingesting noxious fumes over many years. I have pushed myself to my absolute limits, because I'm pig-headed, and am determined to crack the 5k in one of the next two runs if it kills me. But it's been so hard that I don't know if I'll run again after finishing. The obvious answer is to quit the smokes, and persevere. Maybe I'll try that.
Have been reading the blogs on here along the way, and some stories are truly inspirational; I take my hat off to everyone who has taken up this challenge, and wish you all luck. For those who haven't yet completed the programme, you can do this, and you will. For those who have, I know how hard you've worked, and you thoroughly deserve your little green badge.
This is a pretty negative blog, apologies, do I still get a badge if I graduate?