I was never a "runner," but always wanted to be. Junior year in high school I joined the track team, realized I had to run, and quit. The idea was put off for many, many years until I started to try to get in shape. The gym grew boring, and being a goal oriented person I knew I had to find a challenge. That's when I stumbled across the Couch to 5k Plan, and it changed the way I looked at exercise!
In June '07 I could not run 45 seconds without stopping. I started the C-2-5K program, and within 5 weeks I was running 3 miles, by the end of August '07 I was running 6 miles, and on Thanksgiving Day 2007 I completed my first 8 mile Turkey Trot Run averaging 9 min 15 secs/mile.
I strongly suggest a good pair of running shoes to make sure you're supporting your joints and skeletal system properly. The first pair I bought from a specialty running store in the Dallas area. They fitted me properly, made sure I bought a 1/2 size bigger (important), and showed me what kind of shoes my flat feet needed. That was the last pair of pricey shoes I bought, because once I knew what I needed I was able to purchase shoes at shoe outlets and online.
After my pregnancy with my daughter, and a tough postpartum recovery, I'm now getting back into running. I once again find it challenging, exhilarating, and freeing. There are days when I doubt myself, but my success 1.5 years ago keeps me motivated.
The weather is getting nice, and it is never too late to try something new or to resume an old passion!