... I'd like to say it was no sweat but as usual there was plenty of that (fortunately no blood or tears). I have found W9 a bit of a slog at times, in fact the whole of c25k has been a challenge - but the sense of achievement is wonderful. I can't quite believe that in just 10 weeks (I took a week out for holiday) I've gone from seemingly endless minute long runs to running for 30 minutes which I think is probably the longest I've ran unbroken in my life, this programme really works - to anyone considering it I would say go for it.
Thanks to stayinbed blogging about Google maps I've calculated my run distance for the first time this week & was amazed to discover that I ran 5.1km on R1. On R2 I seem to have run 5.4km, which was probably a combination of changing my route, getting confused and thinking I was behind time and so pushing myself harder than usual and then rising to the challenge of outrunning a bus (not as impressive as it sounds, there were 2 traffic lights & three bus stops involved ). Today I knocked the control on my mp3 player which I was using to time myself and so I'm unsure of my exact time, I think I ran slower than R2 (certainly a more comfortable pace) & the bus beat me today too... I don't care though, it was a good run, more fun than pushing myself to the limit.
This community here has been a huge help, reading all about you lot and your experiences both good and bad has made me feel galvanised, fortified and at times humbled. So many people do this with health issues, weight problems etc and I have had none of those obstacles to overcome, I have huge respect for all of you who do but do this anyway (or perhaps because) and keep your determination in mind in the difficult moments of my runs. Having said that although I started out reasonably fit I am undoubtedly much fitter than before, I get my breath back quicker and my bp is lower - a very good reason to keep at this running lark don't you think?
Off for a celebratory meal tonight with my husband & son, I may even have a glass of wine...