After a couple of days alcohol induced lay off (never again etc!), I finally got out and did W9R3 today and so I guess I have now officially graduated!!!
Not only did I make the 30 minutes, but I carried on for a total of 35.49 and managed to hit the magical 5k. I actually think it made the run itself easier, because I didn't find it too hard to get to the 30, knowing that it wasn't the finish line. I carried on through the cool down walk, plus a little further.
For my cool down walk, I listened to a bit of Week One again and couldn't believe the build up Laura gave just to run a minute and how hard it seemed at the time. It just proves to any new starter that, no matter how tough the early weeks can be, if you trust the course, you WILL get there! It was also nice to be walking in the sun, listening to the podcast that reminded me of dark, drizzly mornings, when it all started. I really can't believe that I struggled to walk 500m a couple of months ago and yet I'm now about to start Bridge to 10k.
As a little aside, going back to Week One, I got to listen to 'This is the Greatest Day' again, which, as the first song, I think they should have repeated for the end of Week 9. :0)