Tuesday, 19 January 2010

C25K Success - reflections

C25K success is the most frequent Google search phrase that finds this little blog. 

My original success can be found back in March 2009 and is the first time I ran for over 30 minutes straight.  I ran for 40 minutes and was absolutely thrilled.

It was a 2009 resolution to take up running.  I bought the Nike+ shoes, the iPod nano, the armband, and the shoe chip and put the C25K sessions into my phone calendar.  I cannot say enough good things about this program.  I can still remember the first time I ran for a minute, the first time I ran for an entire song (Rihanna SOS), my first five minutes, the first 8 minutes and so on.  Funnily enough I played  SOS so many times during those first few months of C25K that I can’t stand it anymore!

7 months after starting the program I ran 10 miles with my younger brother – I use the term ‘with’ loosely since he lapped me at mile 7 (his legs are a good few inches longer than mine and he’s training for the military!)

8 months into the program I was running the five miles home a couple times a week from work (and beating the 2 buses I normally took).

9 months into the program I ran my first race, all 13.1 miles of it and didn’t stop once. 

I have lost 20lbs since beginning that journey a year ago and absolutely LOVE running. I’m going to run the half-marathon again this year and will hopefully smash my previous time. And I owe it all to the C25K program.

- CJ

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