I'm so so happy I can hardly believe it!! My dog and I have just completed Week 9 Run 3 (and almost 5k).
Here are the positives:
We can't wait to go on the next run (even if I always feel a bit nervous before I go - the dog never complains)
Feeling fuller and eating less (not sure how that happened) - less water retention too
Just beginning to see some muscle profile return to these old legs
Not sure if I've lost weight having thrown my scales away but definitely changed shape (for the better!)
Have managed to dull down the gremlin that sits with me on these runs and tells me I'm not going to make it
Here's what got me through:
My family (though they are bored to death now with all my enthusing)
My trainers and bra
Laura's tips: Big inward abdominal breaths when a stitch looms up and to get the oxygen in and Keep Calm - has been my mantra
Minimum stretching before the 5 min warm up, drinking water before going, longer stretches afterwards and more water.
Turning points were:
When I got up one morning and said "I dont really want to go for a run" and my husband said "Don't then..." and with that I thought sod it I'm going (where as my old self would have just given in and not bothered),
Packing my trainers before anything else when going on holiday and taking a deep breath and just running in unknown territory (in Skye!)
My worries now will be running in the street when it gets too dark to run in the woods (and how will I manage the dog?)
I wish I had written in here as often as I have looked in here. All the tips you guys have shared have been invaluable to me and if I had kept a blog going I would be able to remind myself when the going gets tough what I did to get through (because now I can't remember the negatives). So a big thank you from me to all you regular bloggers.
Now off to claim my badge and order that T Shirt..... and I'll be back