Did my first 5k in less than 30 mins this morning! Started c25k on 6th April as a 49 yr old, overweight, very unfit total non-runner. Struggled with every run from the first to the last. Graduated on the 12th June (having turned 50) with 5k in 32.09. I’d accepted weeks before that I wasn’t going to finish the plan running 5k in 30 mins. So what. I could run 5k and that was amazing for me. But I kept running (less in the heat to be fair) and last weekend did 5k in 30.11. Damn!
Tried again today. Cooler. Smashed it. 5k in 29.38. Knackered but chuffed to bits.
So if you’re mid plan, not sure you can do the long runs, honestly you can. Not sure you’ll do 5k in 30 by the end, it doesn’t matter. Keep running and you’ll get quicker over time. If I can do it in the end, you can do it in the end. And if speed ain’t your thing, great! However far you’re running, however fast you’re running, you’re doing great. Good luck particularly to all the w5r3 runners this weekend. For me it was ‘the biggie’ and You CAN do it! And you’ll feel amazing afterwards.