What a week!
After revelling in my success on completing Run 1 last Tuesday I was so excited about completing the plan, the finish line was in site.
On Thursday I headed out full of optimism despite the howling bitterly cold wind and snow and Run 2 was done. I even managed to go up a slight incline! Get me I won't deny that it was hard-going, but I made it to the end of the 30 minutes and it felt ok. Just one run to go.
And oh what a difference that run was.
Went out on Run 3 in the lovely sunshine and not as cold as it has been. Felt this was a good day for a graduation. The downside was that as we were staying with my parents I was going out on route I had no experience of, but I had a mental map and road names to follow and felt ok. There a few soft inclines and declines along the way, the toughest part was running alongside the river as the mud was harder than concrete and by 25 minutes I desparately wanted to give up. BUT I DIDN'T! There was no last minute push like I'd managed on Runs 1 and 2, it was more a last minute shuffle and stumble and the following 7 minute walk back to my parents felt like 7 years.
I DID IT THOUGH. I made it through the 9 week C25K plan and I feel fab! Ok, didn't make it to the 5km (made it to just over 4km according to Google Earth and Runkeeper), but that will come over time. The most important thing is that I'm getting fitter and that I can now actually run! Would never have thought this possible 10 weeks ago as I set out on Week 1 Run 1 and could barely breathe at the end. Or Week 2 Run 1 when I wanted to throw in the towel (see previous blogs).
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who have offered advice, support or just commented on my blogs and questions. You've been fantastic I will keep on doing 30 minute runs 3 times a week at the moment before working up to 35 minutes, will keep you all posted. Good luck to those of you who are still doing the plan, keep at it, I'm proof it works!