Ive been reading this forum for a few weeks now and have loved all your posts of support. They have helped so much in my 'quest' to run and knowing that pretty much everything I'm feeling is normal has helped me keep with the program.
Having caught a bit of Olympic fever back in the summer a group of us decided it was time to get fit. After a few weeks talking about it we set off one evening over the local rugby field and embarked on Wk1 R1. Our group consisted of 4 mums and 4 kids and we set off with high hopes. 45 seconds later we were at different stages of near death! That first run was torture and Im sure I looked almost radio active by the time we finished.
As the weeks went on we all rose to the challenge and although it certainly wasnt easy we made it to week 4 when shock horror! We turned up at the rugby field to find people on it playing rugby! Who'd have thought!!
We then took to the streets and the majority of us prefered it. The 20 minute run of Wk5 was something we all dreaded but I wish I could have bottled that feeling when we all completed it. It was amazing.
Wk 6 brought us back down with a bit of a bump though and since then I've struggled a bit. The first run of Wk 7 was so hard for me and I really though I would have to give up. My legs were like lead and I trailed way behind the others.
Since we started we've lost a couple of our group - one of the mums got injured and a couple of the kids have gone back to school/college and decided they are too busy, but one of our group has given up smoking and is now 5 weeks cigarette free - yay.
In about 15 minutes we are off on run 2 of Wk7 and while part of me is dreading it I know I can do it .So if you see an overweight, purple faced 46 yr old woman trailing behind a small group of runners - feel free to offer a word of encouragement