Only just got round to writing but I have been lurking and encouraged by everyone else for a long time.
So, nearly at the end and I have learned three things:
Weight loss: I wanted to lose 2 pounds, and actually gained three in the early weeks. I was reassured by lots of posts about retaining water when you first start running. Well I think it is true. In week 7 I lost 3 pound, and last week I lost two. So it has taken 8 weeks to lose just 2 pounds in real terms, but it did happen!
Difficult runs: I've have had three really hard runs in a row where after 10 minutes I wanted to quit and my legs were like lead. I have kept going and on Wk9 r2 I have completed 5k in 29 mins 20 seconds. I can't believe it and would encourage everyone to keep going even when it's tough!
Distance mapping: I have been using Runkeeper which I like but I am not sure how accurate it is in my area. Today it said I ran 8 miles in 29 minutes - clearly not true! So I used mapometer's website to map the exact route I took. I have been running the same route for weeks and Runkeeper is normally tracking it too short. So I would definitely recommend mapometer to plan a 5k and route and then run it.
Ahh, hark at me the expert! Just noticed that these things keep coming up on threads and it's nice to have some answers
Thanks to all the other bloggers for keeping me going