I know that after running I will have more energy, my mind will be clearer, and I feel more positive.
I now pick the days in advance when I’ll be going for a run and make myself stick to them, no matter what day at work I’ve had, knowing that I’ll feel better afterwards. I also try to go for a longer run on a weekend and I’m enjoying it now I can go further.
I now aim to go running 2-3 times a week and it never fails to surprise me that exercise doesn’t take as much time as you think to fit into the day.
Without C25K, I don’t know where I would be now. It has helped my mental health, self-confidence, fitness and motivation. It has given me a new purpose and I want to keep on achieving.
I’ve also lost weight, which wasn’t the sole goal of the plan. However, after going down a dress size or 2, I can say I’m proud of my body and the health gains from running.
I would say my ultimate proud moment, though, is how many of my friends have taken on the plan after seeing me start. I would say their compliments have meant the most of all and I want to inspire more to do the same.
If I could sum up with a phrase: “Running is the hobby I never knew I wanted”.