I followed a similar "Couch to 5K" programme in 2013. I was 41 at the time and hadn't done any exercise since leaving school at 16.
When I looked at my week 1 runs, I thought, 'Run for 1 min, walk for 2 mins x 10. How easy!' How wrong! I couldn't believe how hard that seemingly easy schedule was.
However, I persevered, and by week 3 when my schedule started to ramp up, I was starting to enjoy it. Yes, it was challenging, and yes, sometimes I didn’t want to go out and run.
I made it through to the end of the programme and continued running 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time. I ran my first 5K Parkrun on 8th June that year and in September, I even ran my first competition 10K.
I continue to run three times a week which includes the local 5K Parkrun.
To everyone on a “Couch to 5K” programme: keep at it. It’s so worthwhile and one of the best things I’ve ever done. To all those who’ve graduated from the programme, consider taking part in your local Parkrun event. They’re free, and there’s probably one near you. Go to parkrun.org.uk and check the “Events” link for details.