Well today was a bit different.
Did my normal warm up walk and tried pausing Laura whilst I crossed the main road so I could start my run safely but hit the restart button by mistake. Decided it didn't matter I would run through the second warm up and just be five minutes ahead of Laura and finish when she said I had five minutes running left, simple!
Heading back home and feeling good, gone past 17.5 minutes and was stopped by a "proper runner" I know, (pause Laura) as she had spotted a car which had crashed into a ditch. All was OK, the police were aware but hadn't put a sticker on the vehicle, but this took quite a long time to find out.
Carried on with my run, restarted Laura but didn't put my headphones back on as I was being accompanied by the "proper runner" and actually held a conversation whilst running (she was jogging),
1) never in my wildest dreams did I think I could run and talk
2) was too shy/embarrassed to say the pace was a bit fast for me so powered through for as long as I could.
3) really enjoyed having a running buddy
Got to the point when I just had to stop and explained I had had enough and need to warm down,
4) was so happy when she said I was running a good pace.
Anyway when we parted company I put my headset back on and discover I had run right through the warm down, so five minutes extra at the start and five minutes extra at the end.
Can't claim this as a 35 minute run but know I ran further than normal and that I ran the last part faster than normal. Will have to re-do this run on Sunday to claim it as part of my C25k but it didn't feel like a wasted run and I feel like I have made progress anyway.