Ta da! I've done it! Graduated, and done my longest run yet, 40 minutes, 4.15km. So 5k is in reach, but I think I'll concentrate on speed for a bit rather than running for longer. Though I might change my mind - don't care too much one way or the other at the moment!
I started on 15th December, so it's taken me just under two months - 8 1/2 weeks - I just counted it up (I ran alternate days mostly). Week 1 was really hard work, but here I am, able to run (slowly) for 40 minutes. Goodness gracious!
Story of today's run: decided to warm up indoors, because I keep ending up too hot, and having to carry layers I've peeled off. So I went up and down stairs a few times, and walked round the house. Big mistake! Do not use stairs to warm up before a run! I have never had aching thighs before, but the first ten minutes of my run were even less fun than usual
At about ten minutes in, I could see a dog-walker in the distance, so used their approach to keep me going to half way, where I was intending to run round. Do not turn round just in front of a dog walker. THE DOG *WALKER* OVERTOOK ME - ON MY GRADUATION RUN!!!
Actually I thought it was really rather funny, and had a brief chat with him. Anyway, it kept me grinning for about five minutes so it was a good distraction, and then the next five minutes I was thinking what I could write about it, so by then it was about 20 minutes gone.
Then I had the choice of going back home, which would be about 30 minutes, or going the opposite way, to make it a bit longer. It's flat, so I thought, why not - I'm feeling ok now. And I kept going for another twenty minutes, and even managed to do a couple of faster bursts, just to see if I could. I did a little jump in the air at 30 minutes but then a car came along, so I chickened out of dancing!
Thank you so much to everyone who's cheered me on, this site has been fantastic, and not just for the running. I've learnt a lot about myself over the past couple of months, from noticing how hard other people are on themselves, and am now being much kinder to myself, and setting myself more reasonable expectations.
I came across something that really rang true for me a couple of days ago: "Being allowed to do something really badly without anybody being upset is a joy." That's what running is for me - I can go really slowly, but nobody minds (or if they do, that's their problem, not mine!)
The slow and steady caped crusader gets there in the end!
Oo - just realised - I can get a badge now! Wheeee!