Hi there, it is really inspiring reading all your posts and helps me realise the problems and hiccups I have faced on this journey are okay and perfectly acceptable.
So I will be doing week 9 day 1 tonight and have been using the podcasts with the voice of the lovely Jo Whiley on my phone. I have taken a total of 13 weeks to get this far but I persevered and just completed them when I could, for example the first 2 weeks took me 4 but I still completed them. I am a larger framed lady and feel amazing for getting this far, truly if I can do it anyone can. My hubbie commented last night that he was proud of my commitment to this and really impressed which gave me a great feeling. My sister says I am awesome and I tell you peeps, I certainly feel it.
When you start this you really think it is impossible but just keep going, don't get frustrated when one doesn't go the way you wanted it to or compare runs at this stage. I usually run in the evenings and as the period of running is constant now I also listen to my ipod. My week 7 day 3 run was awful as I could only fit it in the morning and hadn't had breakfast, it was also like an Autumn day weather wise with both wind and rain. I completed it but had to stop numerous times and thought I had ruined the whole plan. I couldn't decide if I should repeat the day or carry on so I chose to carry on, I now have 3x 28 minute jogs under my belt in the last week and feel amazing. I find getting out the door is the first hurdle followed by getting through the first 5-10 minutes, once I get past these I am ok. It is definitely more of a mental challenge now and when you realise that you realise how far you have come and improved your fitness.
If you are just starting the journey is worth every up and down, you can do it and you are awesome.