Yesterday, I completed the eight week beginner course with my local Running Club.
From a gentle 1 minute run 1 minute walk pattern at the start of the programme, I have quickly progressed (thanks to the comraderie of fellow beginners and encouragement from the trainers) to comfortably running for 30 minutes without stopping. In fact, yesterday when the 30 minute call came I found myself thinking really? already? and kept running for another 6 minutes back to where we had started from. I'm not sure exactly what that equated to in terms of distance but it was in the region of 3 miles.
We were awarded certificates for completing the beginner's programme. In years to come, the certificate may mean a lot to me but at the moment, a piece of paper doesn't come close to reflecting how fantastic I feel about my achievement.
Despite the title of the post, I still don't consider myself a 'runner'. Hopefully the confidence to label myself such will come in time - with experience and improvement.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of the Club. Surrounding yourself with positive people is such a good way of bringing out the best in yourself. It has certainly brought something out in me.