I find my non-runner friends don't really care how fast or how far I run. After being inspired by the stories I read on the forum I'd post my progress. I'm 43 and was a little overweight.
I started Couch to 5K in September as a challenge from my wife, several of her colleagues started the program at the same time. I used to cycle a lot but I had not done any serious exercise for around 5 years and have never done any running. My first run I remember feeling sick and dizzy but Sarah Milligan (on the App) kept me motivated. I kept with the program apart from an illness for 3 weeks in October and ran week 7 just before Christmas. My distance ran at that time was 4k.
Whilst away from home over Christmas I decided to see if I could do the 5k, not worry about the 30 minute time and just go for it. Well 5k came and I realised I had plenty more energy so ran to 6k. I think my time was around 32 mins for the 5k.
I was overjoyed. I've kept running since at the moment my distance target is 10k (currently at 9) and my time target is to consistently get a sub 30 mins 5k.
I like gadgets and what helped is that I got a running watch a couple of months ago so I can review my runs in detail.
I've had a few tendon and or muscle strains over the time and I've been doing a few exercises to help. At the moment my right calf is painful due to running the 9k.