Today I returned to where I started, 6 months ago, at Rother Valley Country Park, near Sheffield. There is a marked 5k trail around the park. Convenient, huh? Like everyone else I started Wk1, run 1 and dutifully did my 1min running x8 repetitions. I'm now 62 & hadn't run since school, 45 years previously, and at points during my fifties I'd been walking with a stick due to a recurring (over 25 years) back injury. Chiropractic eventually sorted that out. Anyway, I persisted and graduated on my birthday in March.
Since then I've kept at it and gradually pushed the time back and forth a bit but generally upwards. And today, on the same circuit where 6 months ago I started running a minute at a time, I ran for 58 mins and two complete laps, ie 10K. I am VERY PLEASED!!!!!!
And the message to anyone just starting or who might be struggling is simple: trust the programme, it really works, and just keep at it. This programme is one of the great unsung success stories of the NHS. It's free, it's fun, it works and it ought be more well-known.