Hi all. I'm a very overweight first time runner who started at the gym last September and doing this plan in December I think. All was going well, I quickly progressed to W5R3, the 20 minute run almost killed me but I felt incredible. On W6R3 I struggled, stopped during a run for my first time, walked, cried, basically failed. I then pulled a muscle or something, top of my glutes, running was really hard, I still managed the gym. I tried to rest but didn't want to slip back. I restarted at W5R3, all good, then W6R1 & 2, ok, but have just completely failed at R3, (25 min) ! I was feeling really up for it, have had 3 days rest due to work as normal (I do gym, run, gym, run each week), my normal canalside, spongy, quiet run, got to about 11 minutes and couldn't go on. It wasn't my breathing, nor heavy legs, nor my heart, maybe a combination of all 3? I tried to restart twice but didn't get far, on the long walk back I've just beaten myself up mentally, told myself I'm just not meant to run I'm too big, old etc - I'm 50, have lost over 2 stone but am still 16 stone (though pretty solid) and have a recently diagnosed underactive thyroid that is restricting my weight loss. I also have anxiety and depression but live for my exercise, I feel amazing after a gym session or a GOOD run! I'm also logging my food etc currently, eating pretty clean, watching calories.
So my question is - can EVERYBODY run for more than 20 minutes? Regardless of their size/fitness level? Can I do it? I've entered Race for life but its looking impossible