Hi there. I have never posted on a forum before but having seen the amount of advice and encouragement here I thought I would give it a go. So, I am in my early 50's and haven't done any exercise to speak of since my school days ( and even then it wasn't much to talk about)! I'm not sedentary being an infants' teacher and having a big dog that needs walking. I started the C25K about 4 months ago and nearly gave up before I'd even completed week 1- it was SO hard! I persevered.... and somehow managed to graduate about 4 weeks ago. ASTOUNDED- as were my friends and family knowing how much I hate running!
I have now done 7 or 8 half hour runs. I'm very slow- only covering about 3.5K. But, it isn't getting any easier and I'm in danger of quitting. I run outside,mainly flat, a mixture of road, grass and a small woodland section. Should it be starting to feel easier by now or am I expecting too much too soon? I only have some fairly inexpensive trainers so I'm thinking of splashing out and getting some running shoes- will that make a difference? I also struggle to focus on my breathing for any length of time and quickly find I'm all over the place !
Any advice would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance - well done to those that have graduated- and to those who are at the early stages and think they'll never make it- go for it- you will run for half an hour- I'm proof!