I've just started the C25K programme - I'm 51 and a size 16, and I've never done any running in my life before. I started last Sunday, and have decided to repeat Week 1 before moving on; I'm glad I did, because today would have been my first of Week 2, and I didn't feel great before I even started. The weather was warmer than I've run in before, and the rec was extremely busy, but I managed about 7½ minutes of running (I was sabotaged by an incredibly cute puppy - she only wanted to join in, and I must be an irresistibly slow target at the moment!), and tried to make up for it with a longer brisk walk. Hey ho, Tuesday is another day...
I'm amazed by the health benefits I'm already feeling after just a week, though. I'm losing interest in junk foods, and in large portions of food generally; I feel brighter, happier and more switched on than I have for a very long time (I've been on Fluoxetine for anxiety for a couple of years, so that's a very real and unexpected bonus): and my husband commented yesterday on how much more upright I was walking, and how much more I was striding out. And this is after one week!!
I hope I can continue with this program and reap all its benefits, although at the moment the idea of me running 5k without the help of a horse or a jetpack seems like a very far-fetched dream. Still, I can but do my best, and it's great to find this friendly and supportive forum for all the problems and questions I'll doubtless have!
All the best,