I've been floundering quite a lot since graduating - couldn't seem to gel with the Stepping Stones and Stamina podcasts and it knocked my confidence a bit. I just couldn't get into my stride with them, especially when Laura was counting the beats. I'd downloaded the Samantha Murphy B210K podcasts, more out of curiosity than anything, because I certainly don't want to go for a 10K - I'm still trying to work up to the 5. Well, I've had a few days nice rest and relaxation (I'd also got a minor injury from trying the Stepping Stones ten days ago) so this morning I thought I'd try Week 1 of the Sam Murphy plan but only use part of it so that I didn't exceed 30 minutes running (tops).
What a difference! The music was so good I felt like dancing. It was great not to have to keep to a beat and I was able to get into my nice easy ploddy stride and just enjoy the music. I also changed my route just to see if that helped and it did make a difference. I actually enjoyed my run today - it was lovely. Even better, I managed the 5K in 40 minutes which is a bit better than the last time (and only time) I achieved a 5K distance. I really feel more motivated now and, later on, I might even decide to train for that 10K after all.
Laura was great for getting me through the C25K but I'm giving her a little holiday as I think Sam Murphy will be taking me through to the R4L next month. If there's a downside, it's that Sam speaks very quietly so it's not easy to hear her telling you when to walk and when to run (not a problem to me as I don't really do intervals anyway) but, otherwise, I am thoroughly enjoying these podcasts. Happy running and best wishes to one and all.