Yesterday was my first anniversary of starting Couch to 5k. I decided to start after spending a few weeks contemplating my then decreasing level of fitness and activity and deciding "something had to be done". At first, it was not a publicly declared resolution because I really feared I wouldn't be able to do it or wouldn't have the time, but I made the important decision that I only had to commit to it one run at a time. At first I crept around in the dark because I was too embarrassed to be seen and told no one but close family. But the rest, as they say, is history.
For anyone thinking about it - give it a try. You have nothing to lose except the risk of developing an addiction to expensive hi-tech clothing. And lots to gain - fitness, energy, better sleep, better mood, the ability to wear clothes you put aside because they were too small.... For me, it reconnected me with other sporting activity I had lost the energy to do - country walks, swimming - and gave me a basic level of stamina that makes the rest of my life easier. It's reduced my blood pressure, my weight and just about every measurement except for my calves, which have got bigger. It has led to my husband starting running again and to social possibilities built around a new joint interest.
It's probably customary to thank Laura but I have to say I didn't get on with doing it that way. I have never got on with in-ear headphones and I prefer to be fully aware of my surroundings whilst running. My way was based on putting the timings into run keeper and sticking my phone in my pocket where I could hear it tell me when I had to start the next interval. Whatever works for you is of course the best way to do it.
For 2016 I have no great plan other than to keep on running. Happy new year all.