Well...I did it!
I finished the Couch-to-5K program yesterday (in freezing weather, no less.) Yesterday was Week 9 Day 3. Just like Week 9 Days 1 & 2, it was a 30-minute run (preceded, as always, by a five-minute walk.)
Because I have been using the programs time goals instead of distance goals, I'm not yet running three miles. I'm up to 2.69 miles, at a pace of 11:06 a mile. I plan to keep running three times a week for 30 minutes, and I hope in a few more weeks I'll be down to 10 minutes a mile.
I have found two 5K races to enter soon; the first is a week from tomorrow. So even though I haven't run a true 5K (3.2 miles) yet, that will change soon!
This is really the coolest fitness goal I've ever achieved. I hated running, and now I love it.
I did it!! (And the coolest part is... I'm excited to keep doing it!)