This is for all the newbies struggling through the first few weeks of the programme. It's a year since I was half way through the programme. It took me way over 9 weeks to finish it (I repeated a lot of weeks and had more than a day off between runs). I almost gave up. I'm in my late 40s, asthmatic, not overweight but hadn't really done any exercise since school apart from walking.
The difference? Last week I was away on a gruelling field course in 30+ degrees heat, teaching kids geography/geology and found it was them who were struggling to keep up with me! I strolled up and down mountains and hiked miles every day. And realised I could never have done this last year if it wasn't for this programme.
So don't give up, if I can do it, anyone can. I still run 2-3 times a week, not fast - although I have my moments when I put on a spurt of speed. But the difference in my fitness has amazed me. And... my asthma has improved dramatically.
Take care all. Remember it's not about doing 5k in 30 minutes, it's not about speed, it's about getting out there and improving yourself for you.