I'm a bit pleased this morning, as I completed WK9 run 3 last night. This was my 4th attempt at Couch to 5k in 3 1/2 years!
I managed to pick the pace up a bit too, and at last 5 minutes decided to continue for as long as possible to try and complete 5K, for the helluvit, it being the last Couch to 5k run after all. Not to be as battery on phone ran out, made it to 2.84 miles in 35 mins, which will do me fine.
For me it's not just the accomplishment of now being able to keep going for 30mins+ - it's the fact that I've stuck to something; been determined to complete it for my own sake, in spite of a hectic home life and toddler waking at night, sinus infection and D&V bug (soz) and all sorts of messy life stuff. In my previous 3 attempts at Couch to 5K, something would sidetrack me and I wouldn't get back to the program. Then weeks would pass and it didn't seem worth trying again. I'd feel defeated and irritated with myself, until the next, 'Get-fit-lose-wieght-once-and-for-all' campaign. I've had to wait quite a while to try again this time; I bust my elbow two years ago, then pregnancy, then newborn, then a broken toe tripping over bouncy chair (!) (just as I'd started Couch25K for the 3rd time).
I think I've succeeded this time as I haven't overthunk it. No rigid long term goals or thinking about the future. I just focussed on getting to the next run and made a pact with my husband, that exercise has to be scheduled in to our daily lives no matter what; supporting each other to make it out of the door every other day, in spite of piles of laundry/washing up!
Things that have helped me stick to the program and complete it in the 27 runs:Chose to do it in Spring, more daylight so can get out when husb home from work to babysit. Before starting the program, I got more active improving core strength with a Davina McColl work out and daily walks pushing pram (pretty much round my running route). I run in clothes I dodn't feel self conscious in (no lycra!) and took 2 sometimes 3 days rest between weeks ( more when I was poorly) - it really helps. Oh and last but by no means least, joined this community. The experience, advice, support, links etc are invaluable.
So after all that - now the running really begins. I really hope it's become habit for me, and is a non-negotiable part of my routine. I'm going to try the Couch to 5k+ podcasts, and perhaps in a few weeks, register for Bolton Park Run. And that's as far as I'm thinking.