What an amazing program C25K is, I've been a lurker on the boards here, and found them inspiring and informative. I live in Hong Kong although originally form the UK. I completed the runs in both my local park and on the treadmill at the gym (or hotel when I was travelling. The runs in the park were much more enjoyable though.
I first thought about running 5 years ago. I started taking long walks, 5-10km, with my dogs. I bought a pair of running shoes selected for their ability to help absorb the shock on my heavy frame, especially my knees. I read Haruki Murakami’s book “What I talk about when I talk about running”, something about it made me feel fresh and hopeful. I still didn't run. Yet running remained something that I thought about, that I would like to be able to do; it held some ethereal promise of a better quality of life.
At 45 years old I found myself often tired, always stressed, with high blood pressure and a short temper. I was in need of goal not imposed on me by work, or family or the everyday stuff of life. I was in need of a healthful goal, something to help body and mind. And so it was, twelve weeks ago that I decided it was time to run.
My previous experience of trying to run on a machine at the gym was bad, I lasted about a minute before my legs hurt and I was out of puff and had to stop. I had no idea how to how to start. First I looked for a running coach but was generally met with guidance that I should not run yet, I was told that I needed to lose weight first. I wanted to learn to run, I was determined, I did not want to stop even before I started; I had seen people of my size and larger running, surely I could do it too.
After googling and reading I came across the C25K program, I was impressed by just how many people appeared to have followed it successfully. I decided this was the one for me. I also signed up a trainer to help me twice a week with strength training for the bits of me that would be useful to develop so that I could run with less of a chance of injury.
I took my first run 9 weeks ago and completed my final 30 minute, 3.2 km run today. I am a C25K graduate! I celebrated by buying a pair of new running shorts and matching top. I am frankly amazed and embarrassingly pleased with myself.
Thanks for all the implicit support from the forums.