Yes, have just finished Week 9 Run 3 - from a steady walker who couldn't run for a bus to save her life (not that we have many buses in New Zealand) to running for 30 minutes, non-stop.
What have I learnt from this exercise? Well. I don't enjoy running for 30 minutes; although my body is fine and could probably keep going, my brain tells me I need a break. My daughter in the UK put me on to C25K and she's gone on to complete the Great South Run last year and is looking to move on to triathlons this year. This does not appeal to me at all - probably at 62 I'm too old anyway. I hope to continue running 2-3 times a week, fitted around playing golf 2-3 times as well. I will try to increase my speed from a very slow 7.5kph on the treadmill on a good day by doing the podcasts again but jogging the 'walk' bits and running the 'run' bits.
I feel fitter of course and a bit more toned (the flab is less flabby) and my stamina has increased out of sight but the weight hasn't changed (neither has the diet!) but my tummy looks to be bigger and harder to hold in.
I do feel better and rather proud of myself - it is an achievement - but disappointed I didn't enjoy it more. I'd love to say I'm a proper runner but my heart isn't really in it. Even if I drop back to 2-3 20 minute runs per week that will be a huge improvement on anything I've done before and will keep me fit, especially if I can up the pace. Maybe we sometimes have to be satisfied with what we've done and accept our limitations<
This sounds so negative and defeatist doesn't it - I need a kick up the bum!