okay, after all the self doubts of earlier this week, I had convinced myself that I was never going to graduate. Last night I downloaded the 'laura' podcast ( first time ) , and set off at a slower pace than normal. After 9 weeks I've now realised that setting off like a hare was not the answer! I did the 5k at a steady 8KPH throughout. 37 minutes later and I passed the 5k mark. In all honesty I could happily have gone on but for me it was about the distance not the speed.
So, I am now a graduate I guess. It was an amazing feeling after all this time. I have to say the Podcast really helped. I can't believe I havent used them before in all the 9 weeks!
I now know that slowing my pace and keeping it consistent is the key to doing the 5k. I can easily speed myself up over the next few weeks, if I have the inclincation. I probably don't, I just want to run 5k , twice a week to maintain a nice balanced fitness level.
Thanks for everyone's support! I look forward to joining the park runs when the winter arrives!