I just had to share this because I wanted to help encourage anyone who thinks they can't get this far (like I did).
I did Week 7, Run 1, on my C25K app, which is 25 mins of non-stop running (I don't have the NHS app - I thought I did but it isn't, so am not sure if this tallies with that). Now, I remember the first few weeks and thinking there's no way I can run 3 mins non-stop. Then the step-up to 5 mins non-stop. Then 8, 10, etc. At each stage, I managed it, sometimes more easily than others. I had a pulled quad muscle, bruised foot bones and painful breathing. I was desperate to keep going though, even though, last week, I had the run from hell when everything went wrong. But today I managed to conquer my first 25-minute run and, while I was getting tired at the end, I felt GOOD! There was an amazing sunset which I could watch as my route is 6 times round the local rec ground! I feel so good tonight and actually feel like a runner, rather like a lump dragging herself around a field.
I set myself this goal because my stepfather was dying back in September and I wanted to do something positive, with the aim of doing a sponsored run in memory of him for Parkinson's Disease. Hopefully in the New Year, I will be able to do so but I feel very grateful for the opportunity to train alongside everyone on here (it's so lovely to read everyone's messages) and reach a goal I never thought was possible.
I guess what I am trying to say is: if I can do this, anyone can! There will be hard runs but then the good days - wow. And I am so grateful for such a positive community here. Even though I run on my own, I feel like I am running with everyone else!