I put off starting Week 9 for a few days, as I was not looking forward to that final leap. But today, I got the first run in, and it was not too bad. At about eight minutes in you are thinking that another twenty plus minutes is a a step too far, or many steps too far. But the time passed, I speeded up a little, but not as much as I perhaps could have done, and eventually I was able to give it a blast for the last couple of minutes.
Once again basking in that post run glow, and trying to look forward to the next two runs and although they worry me, logic says I have nothing to fear.
Including the ten minutes walking, I managed 6.05k in the forty minutes allocated, and I think I ran a fraction under 3 miles in the 30 minutes running. So a bit off getting in 5k in thirty minutes. Is that the ultimate target of everyone? Is there anywhere where it states that the ultimate aim is to complete 5k in 30 minutes?
(I do know of course that the whole point is just to get out there and do things at whatever pace suits and that is the success of Couch to 5k - but reading posts of Graduates I can see they start talking about going further and faster)
Anyway thanks to everyone for their encouragement, and for those just starting - this really works, and you can do it!