I've just finished W6R2 and during the 'running' sessions found myself thinking about some of the things I had read on this forum -some motivated me but some made me feel a bit of a failure.
So far, I have done all my training on a treadmill, mostly on the flat although on the weeks I found 'easy' (how strange that sounds) I did incline it 1% . I always start my walking at 3.5 mph and hit it up to 4.5 mph for the runs, sometimes I feel as though my heart is going to burst through my chest so I drop down to 4.3 mph.
Based on some of the posts on this forum, as I started my run today I thought I ought to try to run a little faster but I just couldn't manage it. Then I got to thinking about what C25K is actually about and I think that some people on here interpret it differently. Whatever speed or distance I run, it's a darn sight more than I would have ever dreamt of 6 weeks ago, when I was huffing and puffing trying to keep going for one minute. Alongside the Boots WeightLoss Plan, I have lost a total of 11lbs as well as loosing inches off of my body, in various different parts. The ugly veins that had started to show themselves on the inside of my thighs have abated somewhat and my legs have become quite shapely. At 55, I feel like a new woman and am determined to take part in a 5k Charity Run as soon as I can after I finish the programme. I can't wait to see the surprise on my girlfriends faces ( they don't know I'm doing this programme) and hope it will inspire them into thinking its never too late to start.
All in all, it really doesn't matter what speed or distance you are covering; whether your running on the road, around a field or on a treadmill; this is not a competition, the only person you need to challenge is yourself and oh, how good it feels after each session.
Well done us!