Spent the next 3 hours reading people's past blogs in bed until the dawn chorus started: can’t run at night as there’s no street lighting and there's always the risk of a close encounter with vicious wild boar. Then up and out for a brilliant half hour in Laura's company. Even managed to keep running for an extra couple of minutes at the end of the third 5-min stretch.
Haven't joined in until now as I'm either busy teaching kids down in Rome or I'm working on the computer all day (and often all night), so never really bothered with things like facebook and blogs before. But C25K has changed all that: it's quite addictive. I find I'm now checking it regularly to see what people are up to and see if my queries have already been answered via the Tags index. I have so much respect for you all, baring your souls (or should that be soles?).
Stumbled across c25k in early Feb. I’d quit smoking my usual 2 packs a day on Christmas Eve 2012 (my Xmas present to myself) and so suddenly had a load more energy. Hadn’t run since I rowed at university (over 30 years ago now!), but could still remember the highs and sense of achievement. Wanted to regain those feelings. And I have: got back from W1r1 chanting “fan-bl**dy-tastic”. Second time out, it started to snow: a magical experience. Haven’t looked back since and each time there’s something new to marvel at (this year’s first violets, first primroses, etc.), not to mention my increasing ability to run. This time, halfway round the sun came up, the sunlight sweeping across the trees on the other side of the valley. I quickly fixed that image in my mind, as I believe strongly in building up an internal picture gallery of happy memories from which to draw strength in harder times, the effect of having studied Wordsworth and his ‘emotion recollected in tranquility’ in my formative years. Anyway, it made the second 5 minutes go really quickly.
Can’t wait to get out there again, but I’ll follow Laura’s advice and rest tomorrow; I’ll go swimming instead. Started swimming again last week after a 3 year gap and surprised myself (40 lengths on Wednesday and 50 on Thursday). Truly amazing for someone whose BMI is (gulp) 31, cholesterol dangerously high and with a congenital heart murmur. I’m on a high…