I have literally just got back from my final run to graduate and am straight on here to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone on here for all the support, encouragement and great comments. I haven't posted a lot, but I've read so many posts from others that have assured me that all my feelings, both physical and emotional were quite "normal"! This site has been invaluable to me.
For all those that are just starting - I still remember my very first run. I felt so embarrassed to go out and had visions that everyone I bumped into would wonder what on earth I was doing to be panting as much as I was and turning the colour of beetroot! When I came home from that 1st run I even struggled to sit down and get up from the couch my thighs were screaming at me to leave them in peace! I honestly thought there was no way I'd get even halfway through the program, so much so, I didn't tell anyone I was starting it apart from my husband who I swore to secrecy, I wouldn't then have to explain how I'd failed.....my oh my how I'm going to enjoy seeing the shock and surprise on their faces when I tell them I can run for 30mins!
I'm not very fast - I just cover 4K in that time, but I'm now so determined that running 3 times a week will be a regular thing for me.
Thank you C25K & thank you everyone for the words on here - what an inspirational lot you are!