I was reassured all the way through C25K by Laura's words that it's "just a light jog". It somehow made it seem a lot less scary and much more possible. Then in Week 9 - wham - she mentioned that we ought to be running something approaching 5K by now. That's obvious I know, from the title of the programme (!) but it was a bit of a wake-up call as I knew I was nowhere near that.
As a result, I focused after graduation on going faster, but think I overdid it and so found it a real slog - so it put me off a bit and I lost my motivation.
I have now calmed down on the speed and realised that for me personally it's just important to get out there and cover some distance, no matter what the speed is. So I've started to enjoy it more (and I am getting just a little bit faster too).
So I have learnt my lesson and will enjoy getting out without worrying too much about the speed. I know this should be obvious but I am sharing this in case anyone else finds themselves in a similar position. It would be nice in a way if the programme could be called something such as 'Couch to however far you can run in 30 minutes', but admittedly that wouldn't exactly be snappy I do see the point of the 5K goal, but it's all about keeping things in perspective isn't it.
I've really enjoyed these forums by the way - such an inspiration and thanks all.