So just a quick bit of background in what could be a MEGA POST! I'm 42, I was around 100kg (about 16 stone), and I had done no proper exercise for about 17 years.
I've read a lot of posts on here about bad runs (as well as good), and of course the community response has been its usual excellent, supportive self.
My goal had always been to COMPLETE the run. I seem to remember Laura kept telling me that time wasn't important, it was the confidence I would get from completing that would really help, and I found that to be the case.
I only had to re-run one of the week 5's (run 1 or 2), and although I remember being very daunted by the big jump in minutes at Week 5 run 3, I think this was the run that really helped me to believe that I could do it!
Psssst - want to know a secret? I STILL can't run 5k in 30 minutes! My best is 33 minutes and 45 seconds. It took me quite a long time to accept that the time/speed wasn't the purpose of the plan, the improvement in fitness/well-being was.
In the interests of brevity, I have a couple of final observations to make: (1) I wish I had stuck with the speed/stamina podcasts after I graduated - in fact, SPEED was the only other podcast I couldn't complete on my first try (and I was trying to make sure I did by running a bit within myself). I've found that my steps per minute/cadence is around 144, and I think that if I had stuck with the podcasts for longer, I would have trained myself towards a faster foot fall and in turn a better time. I'm now moving towards 10k, so I'm more interested in stamina first, but will then look to improve this again as its possible that is what is stopping me breaking 30 minutes; (2) James Corden once said "If you don't give up, you can't fail" - I've not always been able to stick to a rigid 3 x per week (illness, holiday, picking pesky kids up), but we all have real lives, and I've never considered it failure to only get two runs in. I've seen posts where there appears to be depression setting in over a missed run, but remember professional athletes do tapering before putting in championship performances - try to think about the long term and not beat yourself up in the short term.
That's it - blimey, that last bit was meant to be brief!