During c25k I'm running alternate Parkruns (and volunteering on the others). Just to remind everyone, this is something you can actually manage From Day One, it turns out. There are all sorts of runners at Parkruns, including those who walk the whole thing, so in Week 1 of c25k, even, you could walk your Parkruns. A benefit is that they keep a record of your times, so you'd be able to track your progress against a standardised measure as you went, if you did this.
I warmed up before the Parkrun started, and then joined at the very back when the run began, jogging slowly through the walkers for the first part. Laura told me when I'd finished 5 minutes, when I hit half way, and I think when I had 5 and then 1 minutes left, and the c25k run went fine. I held back a bit just to make dead certain of completing the main objective.
Then it was over into the cool down music, trying to run as much more of the rest of the Parkrun as possible, while trying to speed up very slightly as well. Result? I crossed the 30 minutes running mark. And I kept going. Next result? I ran to the very end!
So I've now run for more than 30 minutes (35:08 I think), and I've run 5km.
I will NOT be doing that again on Monday, when I run Wk7 R2. I'll do my 25 minutes, and try to finish at speed, the way the programme does. (Well if I have anything left in my legs after finishing on a high, I'll run it out, but I already know my legs will be jelly, and all effort will have to be directed at just not falling down).
It was fun, but not as fun as the previous run. My knees were a bit wobbly for the first time since I've started this life-changing experience, and I needed a long cool down to get everything operating nicely again.
It's actually amazing how fast some people walk the 5km! The fastest walkers are up there with us slow runners at the end.