I would be really grateful if anyone could advise me what to do. I've just done W8 run 1 - and like the rest of the Couch to 5k prog, it went fine. I'm certainly not fast, but I'm pleased to find that so far I've always been able to go along at a steady slow jog for whatever number of minutes Laura asks for. When I checked tonight just how far I'd gone, though, using Mapmyrun, I found out it was only 3.5 km in 28 minutes. I was really depressed!
I have signed up for a 5 k run (my first) at the weekend, and I'm now feeing a bit anxious about not making the full distance and wondering how best to prepare for it in the two practice runs I have left this week.
Should I a) promote myself to W9 so as to try to get used to running for longer? b) keep to the Week 8 podcasts but try to run faster (not too sure I can) c) plot myself a 5k route and try that on for size even if the podcast runs out first d) just carry on as normal and treat the 5k as my first run of W9, hoping for the best.
As you can see, I'm a bit confused about how to give myself the best chance of completing the course, which is what I really want to do. Any advice would be most welcome!