Well, I am amazed. I have got this far. 61 years old and I was three stones to heavy (in the obese category). In the past five weeks I have lost almost one stone. I hadn't looked ahead at the programme and was a trifle daunted to suddenly jump from 3 minutes to 5 minutes of running this week. I say 'running' but its slower than my walking, except today I actually managed to be a little faster. I can walk fast. I walk the dog every day for at least mile. Now she has to run every other day. I think she is loving it.
However, I can't see that I will ever do 5k (3.1 miles) in 30 minutes or anything near. Every run day the route is exactly 2 miles. Which is from my gate to the end of the lane and back again. Laura usually says good bye to me after the 5 minute warm down walk and I still have another 5 to 10 minutes to go. Honestly when I only walk that far I do it in 40 minutes. I know it doesn't matter if I don't cover 5k at the end of W9 or ever in 30 minutes, but it would be good to hear feedback from people who were also slow runners, but did find they speeded up without too much pain.
Also, I am curious, because Laura says there must be a rest day, I don't have one. Does this make a difference? I have a rest day from running, but every day I walk briskly for at least a mile with the dog, and yesterday I cycled for 9 miles - I hate cycling - I didn't do it for the exercise, but the alternative was walking and there was no time for that. Is the lack of rest, detrimental to my running speed? I am not so out of puff and red in the face as I was in W1. I looked then that I may explode. My legs don't particularly ache either. Now I have written this, I hear you say, well put more blinking effort into to it and go faster. I did try that today, but I was a little frightened I would burn myself out and not make the total 4 runs. As I said earlier, I did do them, and I was the closest to home than any of the previous days when Laura bade me farewell. I can't say I enjoy running, but getting there by will power and determination.