I have to admit that I am the 'reluctant husband' referred to by "oona".
I'm not a runner (yet) but have always enjoyed sport but never saw the point of just running for the sake of getting from A to B. I think that I've always wanted to be able to run a 10k or half marathon but could never get myself motivated to get fit enough to be able to do so.
I hit the big 50 in March and although I still cycle, play tennis, badminton and hill walk none of these activities are done often enough to maintain/improve my fitness.
With some encouragement I have today completed week 2 and although I can't say I will ever be a natural runner (6' and 15 st ) I have to my surprise nearly enjoyed the process (so far). I think that I have found the first couple of weeks relatively easy but my concern is that soon I'm going to have to get out of my comfort zone and actually work hard and experience some pain.
Good initiative by the NHS just the structure I needed.
Q. Should I take on water during the run/walks or at the end during the cool down process?
All I can say is watch this space!!