I started Couch to 5K towards the end of the summer last year and did really well until week 5. I was started running outside but then added indoor treadmill work as it got a bit darker in the evenings.
As a non runner previously, and being about 4.5 stones overweight (I have lost 5 stones) I struggle with running, in particular with my breathing. I tended to hold my breath rather than breath steadily which caused me to gasp for breath and soon feel pretty exhausted. Following the plan however, I was able to build up my running and managed the 20 minute run non stop.
But that's exactly where I stopped in the plan. I couldn't get my head around the next stages in the plan and gradually stopped running regularly.
I have discussed this at the gym with one of the trainers there and we agreed that it is fear that is holding me back and that I am scared to move forward. I do want to complete the 5K and so have registered for my local Race for Life at the end of June where I hope I will feel able to run the course.
I have started the plan again and I am now on Week 5 which has the 20 minute run at the end of it. I'll let you know how I get on and if I feel up to the challenges ahead of me. It is beginning to get lighter in the evenings so I know it won't be long before I can enjoy the outdoors once more.