MAMABEAR93 ~ First of all
on doing your first race and completeing the 5K program. It's normal to be a little sore for a couple of days after an acutal race because we tend to push a little harder during a race, as you found out.
As for what's next, there are a few things you can do. You can just repeat the final 2 to 3 weeks to keep yourself moving, tracking it on your fitness page. You can repeat the program and focus on increasing your walking speed. Since you ran part of it, you can always move to the walk/jog program of 5K Your Way. If you want to increase your distance to say a 10K, use the 5K training program, but double the distances/times, repeating a week as necessary.
Finally, I'd suggest signing up for another 5K with the goal of cutting your time.
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