I started C25K at the end of October last year hoping to do the nine weeks but not convinced that I would be able to physically do it. I am overweight, rapidly approaching 60 in eighteen months and the last time I ran was about 50 years ago.
But today I completed W9R3 and feel like I have just achieved the impossible.
Unlike most of you there is no snow here in Cornwall but it is very cold but nothing was going to stop me do my run today. For the last eight weeks I have ran along the Camel Trail but today I decided to run at Lakeview Country Club (just joined the gym there). This was almost my downfall!! The track around the lakes and golf course were frozen and very slippery so decided to run along the road. But the cold made it difficult for me to breath properly and after five minutes running my legs just stopped working and so I thought blow this and decided to do my final run on the treadmill back at the gym - where incidentally my C25K journey began before I discovered the "joy" of running outside. My pace was slower but I did my 30 minutes (well 35 if I count my aborted first attempt). To put the cherry on the cake Rise Against's "Hero of War" was the final track for my cool down and a song that helped me get through a hard run a few weeks back.
What now? Well I find these longer runs hard work so I think I will spend the next monfh doing some consolidation work to improve my stamina and build up my speed - but most of all enjoy my new ability of being able to run.
Finally, ending this very long blog, I would like to thank all the bloggers on here for providing the support, encouragement and help that got me through to the end. For those still working towards completion of C25K - enjoy it and if I can do this then you can as well.
Now to send my message to JR21.