Firstly I want to say a huge THANK YOU to my son James for worrying enough about my health to send me the website. I love you so much!! xx
I went this morning determined to enjoy my Graduate run and tell as many people along the way as possible. A missy morning-grey and with that fine soaking rain-definitely not the "right" rain. Got going with the warm up walk-passed 2 dog walkers on the way (where is everybody??) and said my Graduate run today, pointing to the logo on my T shirt.
Then I started to run-steady pace and not too fast. Saw "my seasoned runner" coming towards me-she runs really fast!-and shouted out, pointing to T shirt Graduate run. I got a thumbs up, she had heard me, and she turned running backwards to congratulate me. How nice was that? Next time she passed me going my way-I feel so slow compared with her and as she overtook me she said nice pace keep it up. I said, slow but steady as she goes, which caused us both to laugh. Saw 3 more people to tell them. I think they all stayed away because of the rain(?) or maybe my over enthusiasm for today overwhelmed them? I reached the end, still going the same pace, final push at one minute mark. I yelled yeeeeah-only one bloke and his dog to hear me! What a let down! I really hoped for loads of people there to celebrate with me. Started the warm down-then the floods came. Couldn't stop crying, as it hit me how far I have come in 9 short, yes short, weeks. 2 months ago I was wondering if it was worth it-I found it hard to run the 3 minutes in week 2. Now, here I am, running 30 minutes, not with ease, for it it were then I wouldn't be pushing myself that bit further, but just out of my comfort zone.
End of an era-on to Stepping Stones to try out first. If not Swanscot's advice to run one speed, one stamina and one free to own music each week. I am prepared for all eventualities-all downloaded onto my ipod and ready to go on Monday.
Meanwhile the family are coming tomorrow and they will get one hell of a shock that Mother has done c-5k in 9 weeks and lost weight into the bargain.
A big THANK YOU to everyone for all the support, encouragement and laughs along the way. May they continue apace as we go forth together and RUN!!!!