I have to say that I find it hard to get out of the door. I don't feel as though I am 'enjoying' the run when I am doing it but when I get home and see what I have just done I really enjoy it. Usually that is enough to get me out of the door but I have to admit that I haven't been out for a run for the last two weeks due to illness. I am starting to feel the urge to get again though thankfully.
Don't listen to your boyfriend on this issue either, my husband was always telling me to just run and not to listen to the programme. I ignored him and just carried on with what I was doing. At first it does feel like you are not really running because you are walking a fair bit BUT by the end of the 9 weeks you will be running for 30 minutes straight (ish). The point of the programme is to get you to build up to running slowly so you don't injure yourself. The friend that I started with could actually walk as fast as I could run but it didn't stop me (and she fell off the bandwagon at week 4).
I didn't do it for two months over Christmas and when I went back to it I started at the week before I finished...so for me I think I had done up to week 7 by November and then started at week 6 in January - if my memory serves me right, the details are not important but perhaps you could start again at week 3 and if you find it too difficult go back to week 2.
I find the best thing for me to do is to get in from work (i'm lucky, work part time and get home at 2pm), get changed and go straight out for a run. If I get my bottom on the sofa at all its virtually impossible to prise it off again
As for feeling like it should be easier - I don't think it does get any easier as such because you will find that you are always pushing yourself to do more.
I hope you do get out there again and most importantly get to enjoy the running. Hopefully the bug will bite you and your confidence will grow again. Don't let anyone put you down for doing it or knock your confidence. It doesn't matter how long it takes you to complete the programme or indeed how fast or slow you run. You are still running quicker than those that are sitting on the sofa dreaming of running! Good luck.
I would like to have a flat route. I suppose the plus side is that after most up hills there is a down I haven't run for the last few days as I have been busy and then unwell but aim to get back on track by the end of the week.
Bookworm - Its where I live....everyone feels they can just say what they like and not just to me either...without considering how they make a person feel. I felt stupid, he said it at a party in front of everyone, and felt like giving up but my hubby told me not to be so daft.
On a good note, another neighbour told me today that I was inspiring and that she might take up running! so feel better today and as a result will just treat myself to some new sunglasses in the hope of regular sunshine. I wouldn't use my normal ones, they are mahoosive!