I have finally completed the program. Ran 5km in 33mins and 30secs. Now my goal is to get it down to under 30mins.
That being said I did not complete the program in 9 weeks. It was more like 12-13 weeks due to taking weeks off for holidays or simply because I could not be bothered. I am so pleased to have completed it now. I just want to tell those who struggle sometimes (as I did) to get off the couch that persistence is essential. I would normally give up something if I couldn't do it perfectly 1st time round but with this program and all the positive talk on the blogs I realised it's not about doing it perfectly, it is more important to have the will/persistence to keep going after a setback that will decide whether you are successful. So if you have fallen off the wagon, don't do the self-blaming/I hate myself routine - just get up, take a step and repeat (as Scott Smith says) till you get what you want. Focus only on the 1st step not the end goal and it won't seem so daunting. Anyway, enough of that I hope I can continue to follow my own advice now and keep going with this. Hope to try the other podcasts from Laura to keep me a bit motivated.
Just wanted to thank this online community of helpful and inspiring people. I haven't done much posting but always liked to have a read of others experiences. You are all so helpful and motivating. A true inspiration. Keep it it up. It really helps even for those who do not post but just read them.
Thank you everybody,
P.S - now how do you get the graduate badge?