Started my Couch to 5K on Boxing Day 2015, graduating by the end of March. Since then I've kept going with parkrun every week, and have now reached #49. Those that take part in parkrun know that the 50th run is a milestone. All being well, I'll get my round of applause next Saturday, Christmas Eve. This time last year I wouldn’t even walk anywhere, let alone run.
My wife and I have been gradually increasing the distance before parkrun each Saturday - an extra 1k each week in September, then gradually increasing each month. This has included a National Trust 10k event once a month since October. The last two months, we have had no intention of doing the whole thing, and did 2 out of 3 laps each time.
Today’s run, we completed the whole thing, with me finishing in 1:00:34. Really pleased with us both as I have never done a 10k before and it is the first time my wife has done a 10k for quite a few years. She had such a big smile on her face as she crossed the line! All this is in preparation for a 10k in April; we now know we can do it, so we’ll use the next few months to keep practising.
For anyone wanting to get going with a C25K, I'd say go for it as soon as you are ready. Don't worry what standard you are at the beginning, the programme gets you going gently but you do make good progress very quickly. I’ve used the NHS podcasts with Laura, and still follow the 5K+ podcasts for parkrun every week. Now I’m ready to start the Bridge to 10K more regularly.