I've been lurking on this forum since I started the C25K just over 5 weeks ago, and I must say, it's all been a huge inspiration.
I'm nearly 40 years old, carrying (at least) a couple of stone more than I ought to be, and all my life I've been completely un-athletic. Hated PE at school, never even run for a bus...
My first attempt at W1R1 back in July was an absolute disaster. I only managed to complete five out of the eight 60 second runs, was gasping for breath and limped home dejectedly, with a stitch stabbing into my side. I felt like such a failure. I started searching on the internet to see if there was anyone else out there who had struggled with even the first step of C25K, and how to overcome it, and that's how I found this wonderful forum!
After seeing all the positive message threads here, all the words of support and encouragement, I gained the confidence to try again a few days later. This time though, I did a run with my sister - she was already quite far along on C25K (she was the one to suggest I try it in the first place!), and she showed me how to pace myself, not go too fast - and with her help and encouragement, I did it. I completed all eight runs. It wasn't easy, but it was enough to give me the confidence to push on with the programme...
..and now, this morning I just completed W5R3! Twenty whole minutes of running! That's literally the longest I've run in my entire life! I still can't quite believe it.
I'm really looking forward to the challenges of the next runs, and I'm determined to graduate!
Anyway, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to wade through this wall of text! I hope it might give a little bit of help to anyone else like me who has tried, and struggled, and didn't think they'd be able to do it...you can do this!