What can I say?! W9R3 completed. C25K completed. I HAVE GRADUATED – WOO HOO!!!
It was a struggle this morning against the wind so no speed records broken that’s for sure but it was an exhilarating and fulfilling run knowing it was for my graduation. There were even runners out there acknowledging me as one of them which was great and the first time that has happened so they must have known - I am now officially a runner!!
Here is my journey so far in a nutshell - I started this at the end of August after being inspired by the Olympics and especially Jessica Ennis (think I have a girl crush!!) and wanting to up my fitness levels. I have been on treadmills in the gym before but never ran on them; I have run round my local park before when I have stupidly thought this running lark was simple but couldn’t run for even 5 mins and then the desire would fade after a couple of runs because I wasnt doing it properly. So though I fancied the idea of being a runner I never actually did anything about it – until now…….
So after finding out about this programme I took myself off for a gait analysis to buy some “proper” running shoes before I undertook my first run, bought some running clothes to look the part (who was I fooling but it made me feel good!), planned which 3 days I would be able to run each week, started a running diary to record it all and bought a book on running to get me in the “zone”. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Luckily I haven’t had any injuries or pains other than a bit of piriformis but it never stopped me and so I was able to complete the 9 weeks without any major incident. It’s not all been easy though but progressing from that first week of running for just a minute at a time and worrying about how I would manage a 5 minute run to being able to run now for over 30 minutes and to run 5k continuously is an absolutely fantastic feeling which makes me feel very proud and quite emotional!
I am now a runner and have been well and truly bitten by the bug and just want to continue the journey so I can increase my speed and stamina and really get to enjoy every run and all the healthy benefits it brings.
It will be hard during the winter months to keep up 3 runs a week but I am determined to do as best I can and it is determination that got me this far along with the support, of course, of my lovely husband. But its not just been that alone.
It was also down to all you guys on this site with constant words of encouragement, pats on the back, advice, understanding, blogs that made me laugh and yes, some that made me cry too. It is a brilliant “family” to be part of and so inspiring reading about all your adventures, your highs and lows, the pain and injuries, the sheer guts to keep going and the happiness of finishing! I know there are a lot of us graduating this week and recent graduates who I have shared this journey with and it’s been fantastic to do so! Good luck to you all, whatever week you are on or whatever you are doing post graduation!
So, that’s the journey so far. There is still a lot ahead. But now……….. time to go get my badge from John, the champers is on ice and a big bar of chocolate is waiting for me as a reward for later.
I think its time to party!!! Let the celebrations begin!!!