So week 9 has actually taken me about two weeks to complete. Not for any particular reason, but some runs have only been 25 minutes so I've not counted those.
Anyway, Today was W9R3. My alarm woke me at 5am and I felt horrible. I've felt really tired this past two weeks for some reason (5am starts and 11pm bedtimes aren't all they've cracked up to be!). I laid in bed for 5 minutes contemplating putting the run off... Shall I do it today? Shall I see if I feel better tomorrow?
But after 5 mnutes, I thought I'd go out and at least try. Even if I don't manage the 30 minutes, at least I've managed something.
Shoes on, keys in hand, music on and away I go.
First 5 minutes were hell, but the pace that runkeeper told me after 5 minutes suggested I'd been doing well so I pushed on, 10 minutes ticked by, then 15 minutes went. By this point I was ready to stop, and walk home but I kept thinking "I've come this far, essentially this is the last run of the program... 15 more minutes and I'm done"...
So on I plod, I can tell I'm getting slower and then the Runkeeper stats remind me. Ugh, stop mocking me!!!
20minutes done... still going.
25 minutes done, and I've just run past the 4km mark. nearly there, I can taste it!
28 minutes and I'm ready to stop again but no no no!
beep boop - 30 minutes (wooo!)... distance, 4.6km... no way am I going to let the last run of the course not reach 5k so I pushed on, round a corner and saw some really flat ground.
Kicked it down a gear and upped the pace and I hit 5k with a time of 31min 26s. and I beat my personal best by 6 seconds!
So a triumphant morning for me, ecstatic to have finished and graduated. My legs now feel like they need a holiday!
Thank you to you all for being such a supportive community, it helps so many people on so many levels with the c25k!