Hello! I'm a sometime lurker on the C25K forum and have drawn a lot of wisdom and inspiration from its members, and after this morning's experience, I finally felt moved to post something.
Like everyone else, I approached run 3 of week 5 with enormous trepidation and a large dose of cynicism and disbelief. I'd done the programme religiously and am really enjoying myself - but just couldn't believe I could actually step up from 8 to 20 minutes.
I set off early this morning and spent the first 10 minutes (which felt fine) telling myself that there was no way I could do this, but to carry on just in case... And then Laura said I'd been running for 15 mins, and a smile crept onto my face - maybe I could do it. And then I knew I could, and before I knew it - I'd finished. It felt ok, my legs had started to hurt but my breathing was under control.
I got through the door, saw my husband (a veteran runner, who is quietly amused and pleased by my recent efforts) and surprised us both by bursting into tears! I have never, ever achieved anything approaching this; I was the unfit kid always picked and finishing last. I've always hated and avoided running with a passion, but the C25K programme has been an absolute revelation. If there's anyone out there looking ahead to W5R3 and feeling as worried as I was, then take heart - you can definitely do it!