I'm a complete newcomer here but have been reading your posts and found it really inspirational. I'm currently mid-way through week four. Run 1 was fine - the five min runs were hard but achievable with a little left in the tank. Run 2 I did last night and it was much harder. Just one of those bad days, but I got through it.
I currently weigh in at over 17 stone, which for a 5ft 7in woman is hugely overweight. I'm also a smoker (I know, I know - could I BE any more unhealthy?!) So far, I've been coping with the programme (running on a treadmill, which is a little easier on the joints). I struggled with shin splints for the first couple of weeks but now I don't get any pain. I walk at 3.6mph and run at 4.6mph at the moment and am achieving about 3.5km at the mo in the half hour.
I'm very daunted about week five. I know it's not going to be easy, but has any one else of around my size managed to complete the programme? Any smokers too? I want to know if it's achievable for someone as overweight and unhealthy as me.
Thanks in advance for any advice!