I have been on couch to 5k for a year now, on and off. Don't do what I did. I reached week 9 run 1 and then got complacent. Then every now and again, I got motivated and started again leaving gaps of months in between. I yo-yo exercised. It left me remembering being fit enough to run for 30 minutes, then feeling like a failure because I struggled with week 3 run 1, the 10th time around. When you get to a level of fitness, keep it. You've earned it. I heard it takes 6 months to gain fitness and 6 weeks to lose it. Or something like that. Well I lost it.
Well, a year on and I'm back from week 3 run 2. I am determined to make this a habit again. As a serial panicker, I'm telling myself this is me-time. This is for my confidence, my peace of mind, my cardiovascular strength and for my independence.
Unfortunately, because I quickly forget the importance of all that, I'm going to reward myself with a new running t shirt or shorts for every run that I do for a month. I hear it takes a month to form a habit. I'n hoping that My copious amount of running gear will keep me going after that.
Also, my sincerest congratulations to everyone who has started this programme. You are about to wow yourself.