Well, it's been a long time coming but I finally made it!
I started running all the way back in March and stuck to the plan religiously for the first few weeks, going out running three times a week and using the podcast every time... Once I got to about week 7 though I started going seriously off-piste. I've mostly just been going out and running with my own music, or no music at all; I did complete weeks 7 and 8, in a bit of a haphazard way, but for a while I was only going running out twice a week and I was stuck in a rut of doing 25 or 28 minutes. I'm not sure what it was, but I had a mental block about pushing myself to do week 9 and finish the programme.
Last Friday I decided what the heck, I'd just keep running for as long as I could without looking at the time, and see how far I got... and I managed to do 35 minutes! That really spurred me to keep pushing on and finish week 9 properly. I went out and did another 30 minute run on Sunday, and then last night I did one more 30 minute run (with the C25k podcast for a change) to finish the programme off properly
My plan now is to do another week of 30 minute runs, then starting working on running further as I’m doing nowhere near 5k at the moment.
Now, who do I need to ask about getting a graduate badge?