Just back from my graduation run. I DID IT!!!! It feels like Christmas! including yesterday when I kept thinking about today, the big day. Didn't sleep very well as I was full of nerves. How mortified would I be if I had to announce here that I had failed my W9R3 run?
Anyway, it's a gorgeous morning and I woke up early and after a cuppa etc I was out by quarter to seven. I ran the streets in town that I started C25K on, then out to the river. It wasn't easy, there were a couple of long up inclines, where the gremlins jumped out to greet me, but I knew once I'd l got past that point it was all downhill or flat, hooray!
The last minute felt like I'd fallen into a time rift, it went on forever! My friend Amanda was there to cheer me in, waving a flag, I felt like Mo Farah finishing! I kind of visualised all the C25K community cheering me on too, to get me through the last five minutes. Used Laura for the warm up walk then my own music. I didn't do 5K but I did run 2.59 miles / 4.16 k; that is the furthest I have ever run in my life.
Got home to find my husband all ready to go out for his W1R1!!!! He said he'd do it when I graduated... I think he's fallen for Laura.
I want to say if I can do this anyone can. It's taken me 9 weeks and 4 days. I have never ever run in my life, except to trail in last at school sports days. It's not always easy, but it IS worth persevering. You CAN do it.
A huge thank you to NHS Choices and Laura for doing the podcasts and providing all the infrastructure for the programme and a RESOUNDING cheer and thank you to everyone in the C25K community, for your belief in me and the fantastic, overwhelming care and support. There's no way I would've got through this without you. Thank you.