After graduating nearly 2 weeks ago I have maintained 3 runs a week, all of them for 30 minutes except for the 1st post graduation run which was just a disaster! I decided to stick with the W9R3 podcast after that to get my confidence back up with varying results but annoyingly not seeing much improvement. After some great advice on here I finally got round to downloading the C25k+ podcasts last night so set out this morning to attempt stepping stones for the first time. I loved it! From the 1st time Laura counted 1,2,3,4 in the warm up walk to regulate your speed I felt optimistic and that feeling remained throughout. It was really refreshing to hear and try something new again and although I don't thing I kept exactly in time all the way through it certainly distracted me from feeling knackered! I also found the tips in it really helpful and instead of breathlessly thinking 'how long is there left' I found myself trying to follow Laura's advice and I did actually feel like I looked like a proper runner (albeit a very sweaty one!) When the 30 minutes were up I had achieved a personal best of 4.6km which I was chuffed with. For the first time since graduation I really felt I was showing some improvement. I now plan to stick with this one for a week or so before moving onto the others and see if I can reach the elusive 5k!
I see many posts on here from people not sure what to do after graduation and have had the same feelings myself. I just wanted to share this positive news with you just in case someone else can benefit from it too. I dare say it's not for everyone but if you like the coaching and structured sides to the podcasts I would really recommend giving it a go. I think I finally have my mojo back after the high of graduating! Good luck to you all and thanks as ever for keeping me going