It's one and a half weeks since I graduated and I have missed the structure of C25k. I've done two runs without Laura both of which have felt uncomfortable and I've had to stop, on one I didn't even manage 30 minutes. I've also done a park Run which I cruised round pretty easily coming in at just over 33 mins, I was pleased with that, it gave me a boost because I felt really comfortable and didn't feel the need to stop at all. I'm not a competitive person and I'm mindful that I don't want to slip back on what I've achieved doing the programme. I'm struggling given my performance post graduation to work out what I want from running, I hadn't really thought beyond completing the programme and surprising my husband. I have just looked up my last run which was on Monday on Map my Run and I did just over 5k in 31 minutes so despite stopping I was faster than at the park run! So is that good even though I stopped? Post graduation I had set my goal as 5k 3 times a week but is it ok to stop or not, can I say I ran for 5k if I walked a bit? I enjoyed the park run but really I'm running for health benefits and as an activity I can use to wear the dog out in addition to her daily walk so I'm not really in it for speed although I do find myself fantasising about something like a 10k or more just to shock everyone including myself further. I know you are all going to say just consolidate but what does that really mean?
Photo attached of my running partner who also completed the programme doing every run with me. This was taken on graduation day. She found the whole thing well within her abilities and is looking to add speed and distance now that we've graduated! (Not sure why it is displaying sideways, I can assure you she completes all her runs upright!)