It has been a while since I posted here. I started the couch to 5K over a year ago and had many problems completing it. I was overweight (massively), unfit and surprisingly negative. To be fair, I am amazed that I completed it.
I completed my first timed 5K last summer in a time of 28 minutes. It was a gloriously sunny day, and I celebrated with beer. I couldn't have been more proud of myself.
Now, I run at least one 10k a week, and have upped my 'long runs' (usually twice weekly to 14k. I am also running a half marathon in May. Yes, just a few months ago this was unthinkable.
Some things I have learnt;
1. Running with friends is so much better than running alone. I am a member of a running group that spends as much time socializing as running. Have a look for something local and join - it makes a massive difference.
2. Keeping hydrated is very important - but that doesn't mean you need to be drinking every few minutes. I have a drink half an hour before I run, and then lots of water when I finish. No need to carry a waterbottle.
3. Show tunes are the best running music!
4. Running is a massive boost to your mental health. I was in a 'not good' place - running has helped massively.
Whatever stage you are at now - you can do it. I done it - and I was, most likely, in much worse shape than you.