After a couple of awful runs, I arrived at W9R3 with trepidation as I struggled on the other two week 9 days.
I think my problem has been that for week 9 I really, really wanted to run a full 5k, even if that took longer than the 30 minutes, and I came a bit unstuck as I tried to push myself too much and didn't manage it, felt puffed out and generally didn't enjoy the runs. (I still ran the 30 minutes but didn't make 5k.)
So this morning was gorgeous, sunny and warm-ish, and I decided to just stick with the programme. I've been using Runkeeper as well as C25k, switching it on at the end of the warm-up walk so I can see how far I actually jog. I dropped my speed a bit (I'm pretty slow anyway) so my average pace was just over 7 mins per km, but it felt more manageable than my previous week 9 runs.
Got to the end and just kept going a bit to see whether I could get to 5k - and I did! I ran 5.3k in 38 minutes. Won't break any records but has made me extremely happy
Parkrun here I come!