I started the c25k back in april and have been inspired by all your posts even though I was never brave enough to reply or create one. Without this forum I would not have completed the 9 weeks so thanks so much to you all for keeping me motivated. It took me longer than the 9 weeks- 24 weeks to be exact but I did it at my own pace. That was 3 weeks ago and I have been running 30- 33mins 3 times a week since and Im happy with that. Im slowish but I know my time will improve with practice.
Last week my sister in law (a great runner) persuaded me to enter a 4 mile fun run which takes place next week. Im thinking about it and said I'd go running the actual route for a few days. I went yesterday and could only run for 10 mins, and hated every minute. I walked and ran the remainder but was devasted I thought I could manage at least 30 mins. So of course I had to go out today again just to prove to myself I could do it and guess what only managed 20 mins. What has happened. Is it because its a different route. Its actually flatter and easier that my normal route. My goal was to run 30 mins 3 times a week, I'm not very competitive and am happy running 3 times a week. I think I feel overwhelmed by the fact that this is the first race and I dont want to end up hating running so Im asking advice from all you seasoned runners out there. Im resting up for 2 days and will try the route one more time next week.
Thanks again for all your support.