I've been getting a bit behind updating the blog, and doing the runs for that matter! A new job, a new country and a lot of snow haven't been the most conducive to C25K. But I decided at the start I would make a blog at least once a week, because I saw very few that went all the way from week 1 to week 9. There were plenty that started and didn't finish (or at least lost interest in recording their progress), and a lot of graduates' blogs that only started appearing in their later weeks. So to those who come after: here's some proof that it can be done! I think Greenlegs and Fingalo have done rather the same thing in a more entertaining way, but never mind.
I finished Run 1 of Week 7 today, which is the same as Run 3 of Week 6. The whole of Week 6 was strangely hard. Why would I struggle with 2x 10 minutes when the 20 minuter of Week 5 was behind me? I still don't really know, but it seems like a common experience, so I'm not worried about it. Week 7 presents a new challenge: since every run of this week is the same 25 minuter I'm no longer reminded how long I've been going by the interval for the earlier days. No more "Day 1, you've just finished your first 5 minutes!" - it's nothing 'til half way and then nothing 'til the last minute. For a little while in the last 12.5 I drifted off into a sort of trance, wondering if I would ever again know of a life where I wasn't trudging always onwards.
But I did, and I look back with some amazement that I was failing 1 minute intervals less than 2 months ago. The program really works, and at this point I think I could probably make the 30 if I wanted. I'm not going to try, because I didn't trust the program when I thought it was too hard and I was wrong, so I'm going to trust it implicitly even though I think it's too "easy". But I no longer seriously doubt I'll be a graduate in the stated 9 weeks, and that's a long way to have come.
Where then? Well, I'm still jogging painfully slowly. My speculative long term goal was 5k in 25 minutes - I haven't been measuring the distance lately but I'd be feeling happy if I'm under a 45 minute pace. That doesn't seem terribly slow for recent graduates but it's bad in general and a long way from where I want to be. So out of idle curiosity, has anyone bridged this kind of gap in speed? What approach did you take? I think this will be many months of work ahead, and I certainly don't plan to stop running once C25K is behind me.