Can't go over it, can't go under it... We'll have to go through it. (Going on a Bear Hunt for those unfamiliar with small children's books.)
Well I went through it - very naughtily kept running for 54 minutes (hrrmm, only a teeny bit more than 30?) - and at 48 min 30 seconds I had run 5k! So now I really do feel that I've graduated. I know it's all about running for 30 minutes etc etc, but... Well, I know quite a few others will understand the magnetism of that 5k distance.
I really didn't go out intending to do it. There was a teeny whisper at the back of my head, that it would be a pity not to give it a go on such a lovely day, but I so much didn't intend to that I hadn't checked my route. Hence running a total of 5.6k (3.5 miles ): once I'd decided that stopping at my house (just over 30 minutes) would be such a pity, I realised I couldn't quite remember where the 5k mark was, and I really didn't want to scrape in just under it, so deliberately did some extra.
I actually enjoyed most of it, too. It was a glorious day for a run - I kept getting dazzled by the sun reflecting off puddles!
Three hulking teenage boys, who I thought were going to jeer, actually stepped into the road to let me trot past , possibly because they thought I was a crazy woman, as I'd just shouted to my (invisible to them) husband, as I went past our garden, 'I'm still going!'
Just checked my age-grading here: runningforfitness.org/calc/...
and it has crept up from 32.9% in week 1 (where I walked most of the 5k) to 35.9% - so still pretty low, but definite progress. (It's the percentage of the world record for your age/gender, so can be used as a fairer comparison with others of different ages - or yourself at different ages.)
Oh, and one other thing - I had tingling fingers at one point, about half way round, which was a bit off-putting, but I came to the conclusion that it was probably because the seams round the arm-holes of my t-shirt were a bit too tight! - when I pulled my shoulders back a bit more it was ok again. I'll wear a looser top next time.
Now I've done it once, I think I'll go back to shorter runs for a bit. Maybe. Funny thing is, when I started out today, I was thinking along the lines of how I don't like running for longer than 20 minutes, maybe I'll just do more walking...