I am so proud of myself for sticking to something right to the end. Only this isn't the end, of course, because I shall carry on running. But i had to post here, to say thank you to my two good friends J and W who did this with me, and also to reflect on all the support and advice from here that helped in the bad moments
So what did I learn along the way?
1) The programme works. Trust it. The music might be dire in some places, Laura might make you grit your teeth in others (sorry, Laura!) but the whole thing works.
2) You don't have to complete it in 9 weeks. It took me 50 runs not 27 - but that's okay. I re-did them as I felt it was necessary, and I was still progressing. I am 48, 5 stone overweight and had never done any exercise, so I didn't want to create unrealistic expectations of myself which I would then fail to live up to.
3) Support is vital in two ways: if your family and friends aren't bothered, everyone on here cares!
4) The other area in which I needed a lot of support was in my bra. It became affectionately known as the Forth Bridge Bra, abbreviated to fbb. I am in awe of the engineering skill that went into its construction
5) Have your gait analysed and get the right footwear, whatever that may be for you.
6) Find new routes - but check them out first. I had a couple of nasty surprises in terms of very steep hills and an unexpected ford.
7) You might think that everyone will laugh at you as you slog along, puffing and sweating, but actually, random strangers just aren't that interested. This is a good thing! And at least you are out there doing something good for yourself.
8) There is no such thing as a bad run - because it was a run. Even if you thought you might do 20 minutes and only managed 5 - good on you. It will be better next time.
9) Be kind to yourself. Drink plenty, and if something hurts, give it a rest.
10) Look back and marvel at your progress - even if you're only on week 2. Congratulate yourself when you get out through the door for a run - and then again when you complete it. Remember when running for 60 seconds for the 6th time was almost impossible? This programme works!