Graduating this week gave me the confidence to go on the local park run. Yes, I know, you don't need to be able to run all the way but I couldn't take it on unless I knew I could. What a difference from C25K running! It was in the morning (I usually give my body lots of time to wake up before running); at a fixed time (so telling my body "You're going to run NOW, not when you feel up to it"); no five minute warm up; cross-country, weaving through trees rather than the flat asphalt I'm used to; running with over a hundred people (a lot of them SLOWER than me!) so I couldn't just settle into my pace and tick off the kilometres; having to SPRINT to get past slower runners (and walkers) amongst the trees; knowing there was no way I could cheat and skip the last hundred metres if I misjudged my pace for the last kilometre - and just where was the finish? Well, thanks to the C25K programme I took it all in my stride and after a slow first kilometre (partly deliberate strategy, partly because of all the other runners) I settled down to my pace and had enough in the tank that my last split was my quickest - and under 6 minutes
To anyone else thinking of having a go but like me, not sure, let me tell you that I clocked in at the end of my run, got my backpack and warmed down for at least 5 minutes then wandered over to the finish area to cheer on others who were still finishing for probably another 15 minutes. If you've made it through most of C25K you're probably ready to take it on - there was even a pacer doing (I think) 1 minute run / 1 minute walk.