For my final run of the C25K programme I ran my usual route that I've done most often during the past nine weeks, but did it in reverse this time. This took me about 2 km along the single track road to the village, then out to the gate lodge to one of the private country estates. I followed the surfaced estate road for another 2 km, then took off along farm tracks alongside the barley fields. and finished the run just before entering the woods that lead back to the village.
According to my borrowed Garmin watch I ran 6K in 39 minutes and managed the 5K in 32.15 mins -which is faster than last Saturday's Parkrun, but the first 1 km of my route is downhill. I had a 3 km warm down walk home
When I started this programme nine weeks ago I was surprised how difficult I found it. I thought I was fit. I regularly went hillwalking and thought if I could climb a 4000ft mountain or walk 20 miles in a day, surely I could run for a minute! Huh! How wrong I was. It wasn't helped by the fact that prior to hearing about C25K I had tried beginning running without any idea was I was doing. I'd been out running in the woods twice and think I strained my hip abductor muscles. I was in pain for the first few days of C25K. But I persevered and now 9 weeks later, I'm a lot more aware of moving my body carefully and efficiently.
I've found this community a great help and love how we all share our highs and lows, our joy and our despair, and our blood, sweat (oh plenty of sweat) and tears.
So C25K completed, I'm moving on to a 10K training plan.