52 weeks have gone by since I first hit the streets on a rather icy evening in Dundee, so I thought I'd do a round-up.
That first night was really icy and I was probably only out because I didn't know not to. My main job was keeping my 56 year old 97kg frame from crashing with an enormous thud on the slippery pavement - so I kept to the gritted road. On 25 March - just 7 weeks later, the C25K programme had taken me to the Red Nose Day Sport Mile and, with the exception of a wee walk on the last uphill, round the THREE mile course. All you undergraduates ... read that again!
My next waypoint came one month later. A trip to Australia to visit my son & his partner included the highlights of running through the botanic garden & over the Sydney Harbour Bridge - an excellent experience that I'd never have been able to, well, experience less than 3 months previously (http://couchto5k.healthunlocked.com/blogs/237410/The-Day-I-Had-a-Date-With-Sydney). Oh yes, and I almost forgot the amazing day I ran up Mount Lofty just outside Adelaide. In reality it was a brisk walk up, and an astonishing run back down that was more due to the effects of gravity than my own effort (http://couchto5k.healthunlocked.com/blogs/229450/A-Lofty-Achievement). Some travelling over the summer just added to the great feeling and combined benefits of getting thinner and fitter. More highlights - Arnhem springs to mind, London's Embankment from Westminster to Tower Bridge and running through the Parque del Beun Retiro in Madrid. The "three mile" runs didn't get any longer, but they became more comfortable and gradually took less time.
With times improving, the thought of doing an organised run popped into my old head. Surely that would be a step (many, many steps) too far? But I found the Great Edinburgh Run in October - hmmm, could I reaally do it? But you know what? It was totally fab! So much enjoyment that I did it again on the Great Winter Run just after the New Year. Boy, though, that was a flippin' cold day! Took up Parkrun - not many so far but then I do have a phobia of cold, wet days (!) & will be more active once the clocks go forward again.
So that's the story of my first C25K year. The running has been brilliant, but how did the weight go? Down by 1/3 of my body weight, was taken off my blood pressure pills and life is feeling very good. Self esteem is a mile high. So yesterday I did something I've never done before in my life. The wife was on a full day's lace workshop so I Hopped on a bus to Edinburgh (itself a first). I spent some time in the Scottish National Gallery (only ever did that when 'encouraged' by my wife) then hit Princes Street. Emptied my wallet on great new jeans (30” waist ... THIRTY, not 38”), some slim fit shirts (SLIM!) and some other treats. I never knew shopping could feel so good. But it was the most I've ever spent on clothes, so I guess I just HAVE to keep the weight off ...
Now I have a new wardrobe to start my new year and a new outlook to life that I'd never had achieved without Couch to 5K. Hope this encourages a few of you. Many, many thanks to those who got me through the programme. You helped make the boring fat old bloke into a thinner and 'younger' person.
Now - anyone know of a good guide to stopping being boring?