I know that we all started out with the aim to eventually run 5ks - after firstly getting off the couch. But I believe that many here (including me) get sidetracked into matters like actually running non-stop for 30minutes and how far they can go in that time - and how fast they can do the 5k's and of course, they MUST do the 5ks with non-stop running.
But, I am now of the opinion, that this programme is only a beginning - and the true "light on the hill" is the ability to cover longer distances (at any pace and in any manner). It doesn't really matter whether we can cover 5k's in 25 minutes or 30 or 35 - what matters is that we can do the distance, and finish it in a manner that we are up for more. For weight loss ( and I know that applies to many of us here) , I have read that we need to be moving for in excess of 45 minutes to one hour to really start to rack up calorie burns. We know that running burns more cals than walking -- but not many of us here can run for a long time - but we are capable of walking or run/walking for longer times/distances.
It seems that there are some who are putting off doing a 5K "race" until they have graduated this programme and even until they feel that they can run the 5ks non-stop in some idealistic time -- but you CAN do the 5K's right now. Go to Parkrun , and incorporate the latest C25K run/walk ratio into the 5K's -- you will be amazed that, by doing this and taking the pace slow, you will already be able to finish a 5K race NOW!!!.