After I finished C25K, I had a bit of an upset tummy, my time of the month and sore back so I treated myself to a deep tissue massage and allowed myself a week off. But, now I'm back in the saddle and have completed the first 2 runs of the "One Hour Runner" program. pauljenkins.tv/the-one-hour... These first two were simply 30-minute runs (the first 3 weeks of the program is simply 3, 30-minute runs/ week, which fits well with the c25K advice which is to spend the few weeks, post-graduation, "consolidating"). I can't say I find it easy or pleasurable, yet, but I'm pleased I'm still plodding along.
I'm not much bothered by the fact that I can only still get about than 3.6km in half an hour, because I know that speed will come with time (and even if it doesn't, I realise that running slowly is still doing my body a world of good.) However, I did sign up for a 5K race at the end of April and I'm slightly worried that I won't be able to finish it. Anyway, I try not to think of that, now. I just focus on getting through each run and proudly writing my "notes" about it in a journal, afterwards. I remind myself that going from Couch Potato to Runner requires patience and a sense of humour :). And if I don't finish the first, or second or third, race, will finish one eventually if I persevere.
Tomorrow: final run of Wk1, OHR. Then, onto Wk2: more "consolidation."