I finished week 9 run 3 on the couch to 5k today but am feeling very despondent about it. I ran at the local Park Run and was so slow — I was so far behind everyone from the very beginning. I ran for 35 minutes without stopping and then walked and ran the rest, ending with a very fast sprint. It took me 43 minutes in total and I felt like I was about to die/collapse the entire way (I feel like this every time I run).
The running hasn't become any easier as the weeks have gone by. I never feel comfortable and I have slowed down every time the time has increased. Before I started the scheme I tried a park run and had to walk most of it but had a time of 40 minutes. I had hoped that by now I could run the entire 5k comfortably but I don't feel as if I have become any fitter at all and am not sure whether to continue running.
Any advice? What did other people do? Should I try the speed podcast?