I completed my final 30 minute run this evening and I'm so proud of myself!
In early January I decided I needed to do something about my sedentary lifestyle and terrible eating habits. I was really getting tired of being overweight and out of breath with the mildest exertion. I'd recently purchased a Kindle and was looking for weight loss type apps. I was intrigued by a c25k app I found because I never could run - and hadn't in 35 yrs - but it was something I always wished I could do. I started searching the internet about running programs and eventually stumbled upon the NHS Couch to 5K podcasts. I spent an evening reading numerous blogs and I was really inspired to give it a try, and so began my running journey with W1R1 on January 20.
I didn't realize it at the time but the trail I've been running on is a tiny bit over 5K. I stuck to the same route for the entire program because I liked having the "company" of all the other people out there walking, running, roller blading, biking. I find all those active people to be very motivational.
Around the same time that I started this program I began eating healthier and counting calories. And about half way through I added in other exercises on my rest days. I've lost 17 lbs so far and I'm feeling so much more energetic these days. I'm not done yet, though. I have about another 45 lbs to go. The body hugging running clothes I bought are helping me keep on track with healthy food choices.
I'm one of the very slow runners so my 30 minutes of running isn't anywhere near 5K. My fastest 5K (30 minutes running plus the rest walking) was 47:42 on W9R2. Now that I've gratuated I'm going to start varying my runs to work on increasing my distance first, so I can run 5K without stopping, and then my pace.
I'm looking forward to continuing my running (and fitness and weight loss) journey!!!
Happy running everyone!