I've not written a post here for such a long time, but continue to keep an eye on all the posts for tips and advice. I graduated last summer but unfortunately straight afterwards, I picked up an injury, then had flu over Christmas and stopped running for a good while. I'd never run before and even though I graduated and managed to run for 30 minutes, I was nowhere near 5k. I think at the time I could barely scrape 4k and was averaging anywhere between 9-10minutes per K.
Determined to get back into it, I made a rash decision to enter the Great North 10k to give me that push to start running regularly again. I didn't tell anyone for ages so that I could back out if I felt I couldn't do it. However, having managed to do 5k two weeks running, I bit the bullet and told my family. Training is now going well. I'm trying to add 1k each week and yesterday I did 6k in 51 minutes. I still can't quite believe that I'm doing this but I can feel myself getting stronger and even faster each week. The only thing I'm worried about now is picking up an injury over the next few weeks which would be dreadful. I'm therefore being careful about warm ups and stretches and starting my runs quite slowly. Fingers crossed, I'll be prepared by 5 July.