It's taken many more than 9 weeks, but this morning I lined up to do my final week 9, run 3 with approx 100 other runners at Ashton Court Bristol's Park Run.
I knew I'd be one of the slowest, I knew it would take me much longer than 30 mins, and I was aware that the course was supposed to be quite hilly - but I thought I would just go for it, try and keep running, and concentrate only on finishing.
It turns out that the first 2.5km is pretty much all up-hill, which was a massive challenge for me, and I nearly ground to a halt several times on the steeper bits. I was at the back from the word go, but didn't really mind. I would never have finished it I had tried to keep up with the accomplished runners. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and when I finally got to the top of the hills and knew I had made it to half way, I was rewarded with amazing views across Bristol city, my home town.
I took it steady and made it to the end, coming in at 39 mins and last runner home. My 4 year old daughter ran to meet me at the line, so I crossed the finish with a smile on my face, and hope I have set a good example for her.
Have felt really calm for the rest of the day - sure it is the natural chemicals released from exercise, together with relief and a sense of achievement. Bottom aching from all the hills...but apart from that, a good day!