I've done it. Today I completed my third 30 minute run, although of course I didn't cover anything like 5k unless you count the warm up and warm down walks. When I thought about starting the programme I was encouraged by all the people who said things like, "if I can do it, so can anyone." I am saying the same;:it really works; I am 64 and I found week 1 as tough as anybody.
The most pleasing part of this is, that I tried running about five years ago when we first moved to Hastings. I noticed there were lots of joggers along the sea front and thought I would give it a go, put on some trainers and set off, only to give up all puffed and out of breath about two or three minutes later, when I concluded that running was not for me.
I can now run non stop for 30 minutes; this morning with the sun shining,and the sea all sparkly and blue I even almost enjoyed it.
I think it unlikely I will ever get to run fast enough to cover the 5k in the 30 minutes; sadly I have to accept that I cannot run as fast as runners 40 years younger than me. But I do find satisfaction in overtaking the walkers. My next challenge is to run 5k non stop. Before I started this morning I wondered if I would keep going after the 30 minutes mark to see whether I could do it, but Laura saying "that is it, you can slow down", was just too tempting. So that is for another day. Thank you to all of you who have been so supportive, thank you to the NHS for organising this and to Laura for being the voice of encouragement. If you are considering starting - give it a go. You really will feel all the better for it.