Like the vast majority of graduates, I did not finish the programme being able to run 5k at the end of it BUT I did finish the programme being able to run for 30 minutes which was absolutely amazing for me. I've had about 3 weeks now where I've continued to run for 30 minutes still (as on week 9) and I was hoping that something would have improved in this time, but what has dawned on me is because I'm not pushing myself now as nothing is changing. 30 minutes is still 10 minutes of getting my breathing and feet to work in conjunction before continuing on as usual till the end. My speed hasn't really changed and due to time constraints my distance hasn't either (I could run further if I ran for longer), so I decided I needed to go back to the drawing board.
As I'm just about managing 3k in 30 minutes I suspect that B210k is probably a bit out of my reach at the moment. There's not been much on this forum about them but I'm trying the C25k+ podcasts now. I've done Stepping Stones for a week now which slowly increases your pace from 150bpm to 160 ( I think - can't quite remember the numbers) throughout the run and my first attempt at this was the first time I'd actually managed to hit 3km in 30 minutes (although did feel a bit sick the last 2 mins of the run) so I was chuffed with that. This week I've tried the speed/intervals podcast which although a shorter duration of running it alternates again between jogging and running - and this is where I realised my 'normal' running pace is actually a jogging pace. Now don't get me wrong, I'm in no way despondent about this because like I've said at the start, the fact I am actually putting one foot in front of the other in a (fairly loose) running motion, is something I never thought I'd be able to do, but, that said I do want to be able to run as apposed to jog now. I will probably do these interval podcasts again for the rest of the week but I've had a thought and I'm wondering if anyone else has tried it. I'm thinking of starting the programme again from week one, and this time rather than walk/run intervals, I will go at my normal jog pace for the walks and then try and speed up for the runs. What do you think?? Has anyone else tried this or has anyone else got any ideas or thoughts on how they progressed on the post-grad runs?? I don't want it to start getting a bit samey as I'll end up getting bored hence another reason for mixing the last few weeks up and my thinking is, by doing the programme again but this way it would give me another 9 weeks now of different runs, hopefully progressing time/speed/distance (delete as appropriate).