Well, that's it then. W9r3 completed at parkrun today. Feel really pleased with myself for getting to this point. It's taken 3 weekends to complete w9 as I haven't had chance to go during the week. Not that that matters. Not my fastest run by any means- I've had the same sore throat and cold that everyone I know is suffering with for ages, I haven't had a full night's sleep for a good week or more as I'm waking myself up coughing. But, I've reached the end of c25k and feel so much better for doing it.
So how do I keep going? This week I'll have chance to go out during the daytime at least twice as well as running again on Saturday. I wrote on this site a few weeks ago about setting myself a target. Aim for my 50th parkrun on the weekend before my 50th birthday next February. I've done 13 so far. 37 to go in 45 weeks. Definitely achievable. It will be a achievement. My first run for probably 20 years was on Boxing Day 3 months ago. In October and November, it took a huge amount of effort just to go for a walk. I can't recommend the NHS podcasts enough- I know they won't suit everyone, but they have worked wonders with me and I feel great about it. Thank you Laura- now I have to look at the follow up podcasts and see whether they will be as good as running with you for the last 3 months.
To everyone who responded to my earlier posts, thank you very much. To everyone on their own stage of c25k at the moment- stay with it, you will feel so proud of yourself when you do get to the end. It hasn't all been easy- for me, weeks 8 and 9 seem to have taken forever because I've only been able to get out on Saturdays. Some weeks I really didn't want to get up and go- rain, cold, wind have never been very attractive to me. However, I forced myself and was really glad that I did. I missed one week only when we had an emergency trip to the vet. Sometimes other members of the household have to take priority. What I do have now is a situation where running is part of my routine. I need to keep it going because it will help with all the other things that I want to put right. C25k and parkrun together have been fantastic for me. I hope that everyone else on the forum who is involved with either gets as much out of them as I do.