I went out this morning with two new things, my Garmin Forerunner 15 (which was graduation present to myself) and my husband who thought he'd finally have a go at this running lark!
I had found a new route along a cycle track where we could leave one car at the end and drive the other which was nice as I usually have to do a "there and back" run, and I was able to really enjoy the beautiful views of the lake district that we so often take for granted living here.
I will confess that the minutes between 25-30 were still the hardest and I had to dig deep to keep going. When I go to 30min I was so happy to get to 30 that I decided to push onto 5k, and I made the 5k mark in exactly 35minutes.
Whilst this was slower than I had originally hoped and my pace in the final 10 minutes was slower than in the previous sections, the idea of being able to run for 35mins straight 9 weeks ago would have seemed unachievable so I am more than happy with my accomplishments. I am now happy to call myself a graduate and am really excited about what I can do next without the threat of failing (in my mind) that run if I don't obey the podcast. I already have three other women in my office wanting to go running with me, so I'm definitely spreading the running bug!
I couldn't have got this far without the forum, and the information and advice it contains so thank you to everyone out there for the part you played in my success today.