I am so excited at having finished the couch 25k but feel a sense of finality. I have to decide where I go from here. I will definitely be interested in the bridge programme that is coming out shortly but think that for the time being I will keep at the running for 30 to 40 minutes three times a week.
This run was the most difficult of the three week 9 runs I did 30 minutes and stopped as soon as Laura said so! The other two runs I did 34 and 38 minutes. For me this is a mental thing more than anything as the only other run I faltered at was the first 20 minute run. In such a state about doing it I went out totally unprepared mentally for it and wondered if I had done the same today as I was very keen to graduate.
It's so great to know I can do it, and it was an astonishing journey from the complete non runner ( not even when I was a school girl) and someone that would grumble about even walking all the way around the lake I run around, to someone that can run all the way round without stopping.
All I can say to those who are working their way through the plan, never give up or see a run that doesn't go as you want it as a fail, it's all good practice and keep going until you can cope with the week you are on and it becomes comfortable before moving on.
A tip, I think that stretches at the end of the run are extremely beneficial and I am sure it has helped me recover between runs.
And finally about half way through I realised that people generally were not getting very near the 5k in 30 mins. I felt this was a little bit disappointing but now I understand. Once you can run for 30 minutes without stopping you can go on until you reach 5 k then all you have to do improve your time.
I hope this inspires others to keep at it, if I can do it so can you and to those who listened to my worries during my journey, a big thank you. And lastly thank you to my very supportive three daughters who all ran with me at times. Love you lots. Mum x