Hi there - I've been lurking on here for a while, encouraged by you all. I'm taking c25k very slowly, but have now reached Week 5 and was just about managing run 2. I find it hard to stop and start, and the second run is always better than the first, so in Week 5 Run 2, the first 8 minutes was sheer hell but the second was quite comfortable. I tried the 20 minute run today, but stopped after Laura told me I'd done 10 minutes because my shins and calves were so painful I was in tears by the side of the track.
I went for gait analysis and have wonderful shoes. I'm overweight but I can tell my fitness is improviing because my max heart rate is decreasing on each run I do, and my recovery time in between runs is fine. I wasn't particularly out of breath today, I was well-hydrated and had eaten a small breakfast a couple of hours before I started. It was a flat run.
The support and motivation on this community is wonderful, as are the ideas and suggestions from everyone. Any thoughts on how to keep going? I don't want to give up but this is demoralising