I've been around here for a bit but this is my first post. Even though I never got to talk about my experience, just reading some posts around here gives me that little pinch of motivation to go out and run when i'm not sure.
I've decided now it's time to do my bid and write about what keeps me going (running more exactly).
When I started with week one i had a month since i quit 7 years of smoking and I just started gaining weight because everything started to taste a lot better. My lungs were barely managing, my feet were sore and i had to take a break in the middle of the podcast so i didn't spew my lungs there and then. Managed then to get to the end of week 2 and i had no motivation left, it seemed so hard and lengthy, so much hard work, so i stopped trying.
Six months of slight weight gain, bad eating habits and no fitness later, i decided i needed to change something. It was a pretty good period in my life so it was pretty easy to convince myself and i also had the luck to move into a building that had an exit to a nice park large enough to run around. I started cooking for myself and eating a lot healthier, but the most important thing is that i downloaded the podcasts and started again from week 1. I was determined to be patient this time because i knew there was no other way around it. I graduated week 9 last summer by not missing a run every other day, except when i was abroad (even then i was so close to take my gear with me).
It felt great, i had more energy, i slept better, i lost a bit of weight but after a few months i got lazy and started to go out running less and less. By winter i stopped running completely.
Six months of slight weight gain, bad eating habits and almost no fitness later, i decided i needed to change something. This time i was serious: my first run in that much time was 6 km around a lake and except for 5 minutes of walking at the middle of the length, i finished it.
Since then (july this year), i ran just under 120 miles, lost about 20 lb and went from an overweight BMI to a normal one. I slowly got to that balance where i eat right and i exercise naturally.
I've learned my lesson now. I know how slow change is but i also know how good it feels later on. I have to lose another 10 lb and i know this is going to happen only if i persevere. I have to say it would have been a lot better if i kept at it the first time i started C25K, i would be a lot better now, but i'm really proud of what i have achieved nonetheless.
Long story short, if you have doubts, if it seems too hard for you, if you can't find that thing that gets you off your couch and into your trainers then take it slow, just don't stop. It's a lot of work to get to 5k, a lot more work to get past that but trust me, it's all worth it.
Now go get your kit because you have a run to do.