I 'graduated' today from the programme. So it's quite ironic I've only discovered this forum! Lots of interesting and encouraging comments...
Prior to starting all those weeks ago, I was a bit of a slacker. Average weight for height etc (not overweight), but despite this I knew I needed something to push myself for and attain.
Yet here I am, feeling curiously deflated. Why? Well because I decided to have no distractions throughout C25K, until today when I borrowed a friend's sports watch to ascertain exactly how far I had been running for in the climax of week nine.
The upshot was, I ran for 3.71km today and I felt really, really disappointed. Given I had no slip ups with every run I thought if I had ran 4km+ then that would stand me in good stead.
In fact, the more I think about it, the idea of Couch to 5k is a bit of a misnomer. 'Couch to 30' seems much more realistic. I'm not so sure too many people who complete the programme, do so having ran 5K by the end. Maybe I'm wrong.
It looks like I'm going to need a few more weeks of this, trying to build up pace over 30 minutes before subscribing to parkrun. I had hoped of doing it quite soon, but I'd rather wait until I'm confident as opposed to trailing in and feeling down about the whole thing.
Anyway, I'm very disappointed - possibly even a bit depressed - but at least it's all over now. As for running in general I'll keep going, with, hopefully, 5k not too far away.
No quibbles with the NHS podcast though. Laura is great!
Good luck to everyone keepin' on!