Well, it's probably taken me about 20 weeks, but this evening I finally graduated.
I can't quite believe it - I've never been a runner, at school I was always the fat kid wheezing my way round the cross country course, walking most of it and hating every minute.
When I started this programme, I immediately felt at ease with running every other day, and although along the way there were some daunting moments eg. Running continuously for 20mins - it is all manageable and as long as you stick to the plan there should be no problems.
All was going well and I got to W9 but was forced to sit out the next 6 weeks with a groin strain picked up playing 5 a side. I went back to week 7 and built myself up again - which was probably a sensible move.
So tonight was the night, and despite torrential rain all day I went out, ran alongside a river which was about to burst its banks (that kept me moving) and I completed my third 30min run/jog this week - what a feeling.
So now what? I have already signed up for a 10k so need to build up to that, but first I think I'll be treating myself to a new pair of trainers.
Thanks to everyone who contributes to the site, it is really encouraging to read about other people's experiences.
For what it is worth, if anyone is struggling with an injury - I know it is frustrating but make sure you rest, and don't run until you have been injury free for 2 weeks. Returning to exercise too early could make it worse.
Now gimme my badge.....