I only joined this board after completing half the programme, but it has been invaluable in motivating and supporting me. I wanted to mention, before I can put Graduate after my username, something that had been useful for me, and that I only discovered very late : it is MUCH easier to run on grass / mud / parkland. I did the first 7 weeks exclusively on tarmac, mistakenly believing that uneven surfaces would be tougher on my sore joints. I had two runs when I didn't finish (7:3 and 8:1, although I completed each of them at the second attempt) and I noticed that running on tarmac was much harder. Today I did W9R1 and I used every possible bit of muddy grass - beside the road, along the edge of the fields, etc - and the hardest part was definitely the gentle climb on the road.
I wanted to post that today, because I sometimes feel I will never be like the "real" runners - so from a pretend runner to anyone else who is doubting their ability, that's my tuppence-worth.
Love Lizz x