Well done for getting going, that really is the hard part I found. I started in April, a complete newbie to running, never ran before in my life and had done no exercise for the last 11 years at all! I really struggled at first managing to run for about 1-2 mins before having to stop because my breathing was out of control. I also suffered with swollen ankles in the beginning and have had a numb foot problem (my trainers were too tight! duh)
I persvered and can honestly say only started enjoying my runs about 2 months ago, for the first 6 months I saw it as a chore, I had no motivation and really had to push myself.
I haven't improved as fast as some on here, its been a long hard slog but today I ran for an hour without stopping, I am not sure of the distance. Usually though I run 3 times a week, 3.5 miles each time. I could probably manage more but I get very bored when I have to use the treadmill and have been limited to when I can run outside as I dont like going out by myself in the dark (I have no runnning partner). But anyway, the point I am trying to make is that at the beginning it feels like hard work and you can be hard on yourself thinking you should be able to do more. Eventually though one day you realise that actually you are so much improved than you were.
I have seen benefits in that I am 10lb lighter than when I started (and I havent changed my diet at all and I do eat lots of junk which I just cant seem to get out the habit of!). My lungs are a lot stronger so I dont get out of breath walking upstairs, or blowing up balloons or whatever! I also just feel generally fitter and my appetite is definitely less than before - I just need to change what it is I eat.
So there you go, a bit of a long post but hope I can motivate you a little to continue and keep up the good work it really is worth it!
I was having the same problem, I posted it on here somewhere. I have been running for 6 months and felt like I couldnt go any further but I took the advice of running slower, even though like you I felt like it wasnt much more than a fast walk, and it worked, I managed 45 mins. Slowing down feels really odd at first and almost like its too slow but if you stick with it for a few minutes then you get used to the new pace.
Its worth a try even if you feel you are slow already. And I lost 10lb initially in the first 3 months and the last 3 months I have actually put on 2lb even though I run longer! So you are not alone!
Well, biker, I took your advice and slowed right down and managed 45 minutes none stop running which Ive never managed before and it was in the rain!! I just pinched my daughters cap and used my light mac (sort of like pac a mac kind) and it was fine, although it wasnt a heavy downpour.
Ive also decided to make one of my runs a bit shorter than the rest rather than keep pushing myself every time I run as I don't want to get fed up so thanks for the advice - it helps to discuss this running lark with others as noone I know runs and I still find it all really difficult even after 6 months of it!
Can I ask about you running before work? I have thought about doing that, but I am not sure I would manage to run having had nothing to eat, I am worried that I will feel faint or sick as I am quite prone to that anyway generally when I get hungry.
How do you find you manage? Do you do shorter runs?