Oh yes! It's getting better still. I wasn't sure what really to expect when I set off on the first of the four 25 minute runs except for the end of week 5 as a hint. It wasn't easy at times. I was a bit plodding, I felt, in the first 5 minutes then I couldn't figure out why Laura hadn't told me that I'd done 10 until I got the 12 and a half minute call from her. I guessed she would keep me running till 20 after that, by which time I had just about got past my house again. I decided I would head back to the park and try to get to the start point of my run today. And I did. I even felt good enough to respond to the final sixty seconds encouragement from Laura and pick up my pace a bit.
I tracked better this time by a lot too, but this time I thought I would take out the warmup/ down walks so as to get an idea of the running. Result was 4.26 km in the 25 minutes with an average speed over 10 kph. Unbelievable when you think where it all started. So far it looks like being on track for 5k in 30 minutes but there's still 3 weeks to go. And this was a Sunday run too. Let's see what happens when I do the after school evening runs. (Tuesday and Thursday this week: TBC!!)
I like to think I have been a good student of Laura on the whole and have done it 'by the book'. I haven't done extra running just because I've felt good or whatever. I've kept going when I've felt I could die too. Mainly I have tried to make sure I follow the programme as it is. Although my wife probably feels I obsess over the stats (thanks Endomondo) it's really to help confirm progress and improvement. I want to get better and achieve this but I'm not going to set myself up to fail. I haven't even really looked ahead to the 'what do I do after week 9?' options. I know I will want to keep going and the C25k+ programmes should give me a bit of an extra focus.
But one of the best parts of this programme has been everyone else out there who has contributed to the community and helped me keep going. I am not much of a blogger and don't really do much with Facebook or Twitter despite having both for years. So, thanks guys. Keep up the good work. And keep running.