I just completed my couch to 5k journey earlier this evening, running 4.26km in 30 minutes with an average pace of 7:05 so a bit short of the 5k I was aiming for but I'm so pleased with how far I've come and hopefully I'll improve over time! I think I may have twinged a back muscle on this last run so I might have to give it a few extra days before I start consolidating.
I've really enjoyed working through the couch to 5k, I started it on Sunday the 6th of January so it has taken me longer (almost 13 weeks) due to missing a few runs because of illness and repeating some of the runs four or five times to feel more confident before moving on. I also failed my initial attempt at the first 25 minute run in W6R3 and felt very deflated but persevered and gave it a second go after re-doing W6R2 a few more times. My advice to all other runners is to not to pressure yourself into sticking to the 9 weeks if you feel like you need longer before progressing - taking it easier really helped me get to where I am now.
Overall, I'm very happy that I've made it to the end and I have signed up to doing a 5k at the end of May so there's plenty on the horizon to keep me motivated! I really wish I'd become involved with the couch to 5k forum earlier as I've been finding the posts so encouraging and helpful - will continue posting as I progress - watch this space!
All the best to all the runners out there!