It's a year today since I started my C25K journey. I was totally unfit, a complete couch potato and more than 2 stone overweight. I figured it was time to do something about it rather than just wish myself thin which wasn't working!
I found the podcasts and off I went. I really struggled at first with sore shins to the point where I had to give up a few times but when I could I kept going. At first I thought it could be shin splints, etc but now I think it was just my body adjusting to the shock of exercising after so long, and the fact that I was overweight and putting more pressure on my joints and legs.
Unfortunately I didn't lose the weight I hoped to through running so eventually I started the 5:2 diet as well where you eat around 500 calories 2 days a week and eat normally on the other days. Between the running and doing the diet I have now lost 2 stone and am coping much better with running and feel much happier with myself in general.
Couch to 5k has been fantastic for me. I look forward to my runs and will be doing 6.5k later today for my anniversary run! I'm not very fast, a 5k pb of around 34 minutes but my times are improving this year and I'm determined to get better and faster. Hopefully my first park run will follow in a month or two as I now just about feel confident enough to run with other people.
Onwards and upwards and here's to many more years of running! Also thanks to everyone for there support and posts on here which help to inspire me on a regular basis.