OK... Let's establish a few background facts:
1. I was previously a semi keen runner who had completed a Half Marathon in c2 hours and used to go out 2 to 3 runs per week for 40 mins.
2. The above is factually correct but for every week/month where I did regular runs they'd be stretches where I do NOTHING.
3. I had no core strength or running technique. Imagine a tub of lard combined with a frog in a blender and you get the idea.
Back in December 2012 I was doing a 7 mile run when I realised I had nothing left. I hadn't really built up to it and was relying on the mental knowledge of knowing "I could do it" as opposed to slowly building up to that distance. In short I wasn't treating my body with any respect. For the next week I had a slight pain in my ankle and then the following weekend my back went. I was diagnosed with a facet joint injury. A week of unbelievable pain, Tramadol and Diazepam ensued combined with a trip to the physio. My physio a.k.a My Back Hero (MBH) informed me that prior to the age of 30 "you can run to get fit, after 30 you have to get fit to run."
Several trips to the physio ensued and I'm now having monthly physio led Pilates as well as joining a weekly Pilates class.
The old adage of "you'll miss it when it's gone" couldn't be truer than when it comes to running. That's why when, two weeks ago MBH said that I could get back to running but it needed to be extremely controlled I jumped for joy even though it meant I would be 'restricted' to C25K.
I'm now at the end of Wk 2 and I can genuinely say that I'm so pathetically happy to be told that I can run again that I can put up with the highly questionable music and being at the whim of Laura as to when I can or can't run. What my new regime gives me is the confidence that, for the first time, I will have the core strength to underpin my running and that, thanks to C25K I'll be building up in a controlled manner.
I completely empathise with everyone doing C25K. 10 years ago I couldn't run 5 minutes. I slowly built up minute by minute. Running, in my humble opinion, is 40% physical, 60% mental. Believe in yourself and believe in Laura YOU can do it.