Although I haven't officially graduated yet when I first started the C25K programme I was persuaded to sign up for a 5K race in a local park. I reckoned by the time the race came around I would be at or nearly at the 5K mark so it would be ok. I have done 3 parkruns so knew that in theory I could run the distance but this felt like "real running" as we had a race number to pin on and we got a medal and t-shirt for finishing. I was running it with my daughter who has been my running buddy throughout. We were a bit worried that everyone would be a bit too fast for us but just wanted to get round the course and experience a proper race. The weather was typical bank holiday weather, pouring down and blowing a gale but it was strangely refreshing when running in it.
It was a lovely course, through the park, alongside the river, over a bridge and through some woods. Although there were a few hilly bits and we were glad to see the finish line, we managed ok and enjoyed it (in a masochistic way)! We finished together in a fairly respectable 33:04 and 33:05 mins which I was pleased with although it was a bit slower than parkrun. But the most important thing was I got a medal - I think it is the first I have ever had but better late than never!