I started this year wanting to lose 3 stone before my big significant birthday at the beginning of December. That seemed like a possible if challenging target. Well, thanks to Slimming World I only have 1 1/2 lbs to go... (and another stone after that to hit my final weight goal).
However, at that time I had no idea of the other big challenge I would take on this year - that didn't start until September when I saw C25K mentioned in a Slimming World magazine. I didn't take it too seriously to start with - after all, I was the kid who no one picked at school for anything remotely sporty and I really had no interest in getting worn out three times a week in the name of fitness. It all sounded w-a-y too hard and suitable only for other people. But my mind kept on going back to that magazine article and niggling at me to give it a go. And, as they say the rest is history.
So this most unlikely runner got to the end of C25K this morning - a lovely if chilly day here. I've been back on the same route that I've been running since the grass got too muddy around week 5 or 6 - just adding more loops to it. Although week 9 runs 1 and 2 were both OK I did find run 3 harder - maybe I was going a bit faster (did make a distance PB of 4.5K) - I find it hard to set a pace. At the 25 minute mark I wasn't even sure that I was going to finish but I told myself I'd got this far and couldn't stop now!
I still don't really "feel" like a runner - still rather "comfortably" built and not exactly enjoying the running - just always really happy to get home again. I also don't know how I"m going to keep going with this in the future - I put a Garmin Forerunner watch on my birthday list (I said it was a significant one didn't I - so with any luck I'll get one big pressie?) but I know I'll have to find a way to motivate myself to keep using it if I get one.
Next week I'm going to start with the Stepping Stones, Speed and Stamina podcasts. I'm going to start by aiming for 5K (in easy steps, maybe 2 minutes extra a week) and then hopefully bring the 5K time down. I don't know if I'll ever get to 5k in 30 minutes but that sounds like a plan at least - I've discovered this year that I really am a person who responds to targets!
Now for a shower, coffee and ORDER THAT T-SHIRT!!!!
I think a couple of others are hoping to do graduation runs today - I'm looking forward to hearing from them and it'll be party time later!