Mel's time in 2012 (minimal training): 27min 44sec
Mel's time in 2013 (C25K training): 27min 33sec
Looking at those numbers you may well wonder why I bothered (actually, I was wondering the same thing myself for a day or two).
But here's the key difference: last year I ran no more than 2k at a time, then strolled along for a bit to recover. This year I ran the whole way, no walking. My breathing was steady, my legs were quiet, and I felt good enough to chat to people as I ran around the course. I think I found my jogging pace. Unfortunately, discovering this pace seems to have locked away my sprint ability, but I think a few more weeks of training would have allowed me to tap into that again.
The C25K program took me from being a not-particularly-fit non-runner to a moderately-fit runner; someone who actually enjoyed running 5k.
So now that I've graduated from Couch to 5k, and now that the Flin5 is over for another year, will I keep running? I'd like to, which is something I never thought I'd say. And that, to me, means that C25K was a success. Give it a go; you may surprise yourself.
And for those of you who are wondering: I'm wearing a Waterlily Nuu-Muu. This funky addition to my wardrobe was really comfy to run in, and may also get some social outings over summer.