I did C25K nearly 3 years ago, a totally life-transforming experience. I was running up to 10k, in hilly Richmond where I live, lost weight etc. Then I got a job which involves irregular and long hours, late nights, etc. My running slipped, but I kept going although I was tired and not able to get out for runs on my usual days.
Last winter, I had 8 colds, the weather was always crummy when it was a running day, and my teenage son was causing lots of problems with major stroppiness mainly directed against me, refusing school etc. The last straw was when I went out for a run to get some space, it started snowing and I arrived home soaked and cold to discover he'd locked me out!!!!! Deliberately! Mu husband was away overseas for 2 weeks for work and it wasn't a good period of my life. Not surprisingly, I didn't go running again for a while.
Now things are quite a bit better I have started running again. Because my fitness level has plummeted I have started C25K again and am now on week 2 run 3. It's great doing the programme again because this time I KNOW I can do it, which was not a certainty the first time. The Spring is advancing and it's lovely to be out running in the woods again. The running gives me some 'me' time and helps de-stress and clear my head. Teenage son is doing his GCSEs at the moment so stress continues to be high!
So - I feel I've come home! Hopefully soon I'll be back to longer runs and can do Parkrun etc.