Well didn't know if this day would come, I just finished week9 run3 and I feel great!
It's been a fair bit longer than 9 weeks due to some stopping and starting with other things in my life going on, but I'm thrilled to have actually made it.
To be honest part of me thought I would give up and never get to my goal, but I've been surprised that every time I've stopped for a little while the day has come that I've just felt like running again, despite having to repeat a few of the runs to catch up. I'm determined to keep this as part of my lifestyle, I think knowing I can restart after distractions has boosted my confidence, and I quit smoking just before starting so it's my new replacement habit
I am now going to aim at trying to pick up my speed a little, and get to the point where the run feels comfortable, as I did struggle. Also not sure if i reached an official 5k, will have to investigate, I'm happy with the achievement regardless.
To anyone who has worried over dropping the routine of their running, take it from me you can always pick it up again and carry on, it's never been too long. Just start again at the level you feel comfortable with, don't think of it as going backwards, every run is forwards!