Doing week 7 last week on the old gym treadmill I got to the final 5min walk and not feeling too bad I carried on. I did this twice so by the end of the week had done two 30 min runs. I was bit disappointed that I'd not managed 5k ... In fact just over 4. I came to the conclusion the program is really couch to 30mins but that this doesn't sound as good as c25k!
That Saturday I went to my local park to see what parkrun is all about. It looked very well organised but I was worried I'd look a Pratt. So I worked out an aprox 5 k course around where I live and got soaked Tuesday evening doing it. I listened to c25k as I went and did it without stoping in 48 mins. On Thursday tried again with my 11 year old daughter... I'm 51. She had to keep jogging on the spot for me to catch up! Again I didn't stop but took 48 mins.
This morning I bit the bullet and went park running. I introduced myself to the very nice lady who seemed to be in charge; put myself at the back and off I went. IDID NOT FINISH LAST 326 out of 364. I was hoping for a bit better than 48 mins... And would have been over the moon with 45. I did 38min 22 sec.
7 weeks ago I found week 1 a challenge and I was knackered after I finished today (fell asleep in chair at home) but the program really seems to be working for me. If you are tempted by parkrun then give it a go. Yes there are some fast sub 20 min runners but there are also lots of plodders like me at the back.