So here's my story. 56 Years old PE teacher. Knew I was out of shape but did nothing for years. At the end of last year two students affected me. One said "how come you say 'you can do it' when you can't". Another as they were leaving on the last day said "don't die on us". I know that she was kidding but it still hit home. It was a great group of kids and was one of hardest starts to the summer. Went from June until July to realize I needed to do something. Since we live by a High School, not in the district I work, I decided to start running. Started on July 2, 2017. Would go out and run two miles, tried to do the first non stop and the second run 200-300 and walk 100. First day 1st mile 11:57 and 2nd 12:25. I would run every day for a few, take a day off and then run again but had no routine. I also added in about 1000yds of strides, 100 yards where I would start as a jog and accelerate to top speed at about 40 for about 20 then decelerate for the rest of the 100. (I still do this every few days mixing in crunches and push ups in between sprints). I did this until 7/31 (21 total days) when I went on vacation, I did not run for 14 days.
I returned home and started running again on my own until I found C25k podcasts. I started listening to them and figured since I was already running I would start on Week 5 Run 1 on 8/17. Damn near died but got through it. I then ran a Mile for time the next day 8/18 with a time of 8:35. I have kept up with the program, sometimes I still run a mile for time the day after and then take off a day for rest. Last mile 9/10 finished in 7:36, not blazing by any standards but a big improvement.
Tomorrow, 9/18/17. I will be finishing my last run of the program.
Week 9 Run 1 9/12... 3.01 Miles ave pace 9:35
Week 9 Run 2 9/14... 3.43 Miles ave pace 8:44
Many times I felt like not getting up and not running or just stopping during the run because my legs burned like hell. But I will finish. Added benefit is that I have dropped about 25 pounds during that time. I will also be competing in my first 5k mud run next weekend. At 56 I never thought I could complete this but I made it my personal goal to do it. Anyone can if you stick to it. Life is too short.
***Update*** Completed the final run today 9/18/17. 3.55 miles 30 minutes.