Never thought in late January that I could jog for 30 mins non-stop.....but I've done it! My pace is slower than a wet week: I cover 3k in 30 mins, so technically I've crawled from couch to 3k, but that's an achievement for me.
What helped? Custom-fit insoles (stopped my knees niggling) running to classical music, running gear (rather than a baggy tracksuit), a water bottle, finding this forum.
What didn't help? Running on a treadmill - I started outdoors on holidays (in the sunshine) but came home to dark evenings and dismal weather, so switched to the treadmill because it's always available. But it's SO boring! I stuck it out (partly because I tried a session outdoors around W5/6 and nearly collapsed) but my next plan is to go back to W5 and start outdoors. I need more mental stimulation!
I didn't really need the HRM I bought, but it did serve as a prop to get me through a run, as the mental gremlins really tortured me.
How do I feel? Relieved rather than exhilarated: I found W9 very difficult (even though I ran 30 mins twice in W8 when I was only supposed to do 28 mins.) I'm blaming being really busy at work (which is quite physical - I come home exhausted ever before I go for a run) and I wonder if I had done the programme when work is quieter would I have gotten on better?
Anyway, thanks for all the support here: the only thing that got me through W9R3 was the thought of being able to come on here and say I DID IT!!!