Done, Dusted, Finished!!!! After my sudden struggles in week 9 and the arrival of my new friend, Mr Stitch, I decided to have a week off before even attempting run 3 (partly because I was at work, partly because I needed a mental break from the whole running thing).
So today, I gave myself a big kick up the backside and decided I'd better get out there before I end up losing all my hard-earned fitness. Decided to take it dead slowly and just concentrate on getting round. I-pod was loaded up with a ghost story instead of music to keep my mind focused on something else apart from running, I went back to my old route for psychological reasons (never failed a run on there) and I convinced myself I was only going for 25 minutes anyway.
The first 20 minutes went pretty well and the story did help to keep me entertained, unfortunately then Mr Stitch decided he wanted to come, too and the rest of the run was fairly hard. However, managed to run through the stitch and completed the whole 5k in 32.30 - not brilliant, but I don't really care at this point. Still running slower than in week 8, but at least the speed is getting a bit more steady - the splits were all over the place in run 1 and 2.
So, off to send my badge application to JR21 now and it means I'll be allowed a C25K T-shirt once they come out! Going to mix things up a bit with the new podcasts now, and once the 5k feel a bit more comfortable, I might give our rather hilly Parkrun a go!
Thanks for all your encouragement and support guys - I would have never stuck to the programme without you!