I started on my C25K journey never thinking I would complete the programme or still be running 12 months on.
I remember there was snow on the ground and when I got home I actually had snow round my big toe, as I was running around the farm tracks behind the house. So I went and bought a pair of trainers that were less mesh and more filled in. Now I had 2 pairs of trainers, both over £30.00.. By the end of the 6th week both pairs were uncomfortable, as they were too tight. I had bought my shoe size - big mistake . As I was in Tesco's doing my shopping in March and the weather had improved I bought a cheap pair for £6.95. They were the most comfortable pair. And they saw me through.
During the Olympics I saw red and yelllow trainers and I now have a pair of red Nike lunarglide and a pair of yellow Nike trainers. I have always run outside. I have run in wind,rain,sleet and snow and occasionally in the heat when the sun came out.
I have learned a lot about myself during this year. I have lost 7kgs, 4" off my waist and dropped from a 16 - 18 dress size to a 12 -14. But the best bit is I gave up smoking, after over 40 years, on October 1st. The benefits are that I breathe easier and do not make any noises now when I run.
So, how did I celebrate today? I went out for a long slow run across the farm tracks. Lovely.
All you newbies out there, if I can do it so can you. I will be 64 very soon and will be running 3 times a week for as long as I can.