Go go go you can do it!
I'm 53 and started the programme 12 or so weeks ago and graduated right on the 9 week goal target. I ran through rain, snow, wind and sun and to my amazement I loved it. What is surprising is that when I was young I was rubbish endurance runner and hated with a vengeance any running over a 100m distance. Consequently I hadn't run since about 1980, this morning however I beat my record and I ran 5k in 27:02! I have also got to add that I was quite over weight when I started the programme but with a good diet and the running I have lost 19 kilos (42lbs) since mid January and am feeling on top of the world.
My advice to any older or beginner runners out there is go for it, if you stick to the programme and go at a speed that you are comfortable with you will graduate and feel great for it. I have found that having a GPS application on my iphone has really helped as it has allowed me to check distances and stats after every run and then again the reassuring voice of Laura was a really massive help too.
My next goal now is to get to 10k mark, so speed is no longer important but sticking to the new training programme is. I will try to post some updates on my new goal.