After a grim week 9, and despite the miserably cold rain starting just as I left the house, I've just completed my final run and am a graduate.
The first 20 minutes were tough, made worse by the slippery leaves, but when I hit 20 minutes I got a new burst of mental energy and a little bit more physically too. My style improved, I relaxed into the run and my speed even picked up. Amazingly I managed to hit the 5k marker at 28.5 minutes and ended up completing 5.3km in the 30 minute slot.
Thanks everyone who has encouraged me over the weeks, especially the last 2 that have been particularily tough for me. Couldn't have done it without all the support from this forum.
Already downloaded some more NHS podcasts for 5k+ so it's two days of rest and then onto building speed and stamina.
Off to apply for my graduate badge and to have some more blueberry yoghurt coated pretzels - yes I know they sound vile but they are fantastic.