After 2 months of hard graft, I finally achieved my goal. The conditions were perfect, with very light drizzle and a cool breeze. I decided to set myself a goal of 5k today instead of the 30min, though I did keep Laura in the background. I was running a new route today (although the first 1.5k were the same) and after the first 0.5k I realised I had settled into a pace that was considerably faster than ever before. I decided to stay at this pace for as long as I could, knowing I could always slow to a light jog. After 15 minutes, it was clear that I wasn't going to be far off 5k in 30mins and really decided to push myself to the limit running at around 6:00/km. I have to admit that after 4.5k I was running almost on fumes and blowing hard, but pushed on to complete 5k in 31:45. I am now really looking forward to the new podcasts to increase my pace, as I intend to use that as motivation to continue post grad.
I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in this program, it really has helped me to improve my fitness exponentially. Now, where is my graduation badge?!