So far so good still... three 25minute runs now completed and feeling a little bit stronger each time. With my 5min warm up and warm down I'm getting to 3.0 - 3.2 miles so should be able to get 5k in ~30minutes by the end. But that is not as important as just getting out there and doing it! Went out it in the driving wind and rain Monday and still managed to enjoy it - after 5 -10mins you have warmed up and can't get anymore wet. I actually went past a guy who was soaked through and seemed to be interval training by sprinting up and down a really steep bank I was running down. Each to his own... He gave me the thumbs up and so I hope he thought I was a runner! Decided not to join him and kept on.
Only gremlin was the odd ache in one shin, which I thought might be shin splints - slowed down immediately and it went away and not felt it since. But need to be aware - would hate an injury at this stage. Slow and steady.
Had a doctors apt yesterday and cholesterol is now normal and weight loss still going well (11kg in 3 months). I'm eell pleased with this, as was my doctor! Obviously this is not just due to the running but its certainly contributed and hopefully there's more improvements to come.
Thanks for the entertainment and support all. Great forum and bunch of people.