Wow, now that was awesome! I ran in my first one on Friday, the Run for the Gulf 5k in Arlington, VA. I used the C25k starting in early May for the most part, with some variation towards the end, and what a blast. Everyone was so nice, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere of just going out and having a good time and doing your best. It was a head index of high 90s but I'm glad I went anyway! I can't wait for my next one...already registered for a couple.
I have really hit a few road blocks, I've got rotten knees from old running days in HS (track and XC), and my other sports, about which I'm pretty serious. I think what helped me a ton, and will continue to help, is getting a gym membership and augmenting my running with low or no impact exercise as well. If I am really feeling battered, it was just as easy to drive up the road and have a good elliptical workout as it was to run...even if not as fun. I really do find the different exercises enjoyable, though.
That said, I would really like to hear about what people with chronic injuries do to keep going. I already have done injections in the not-so-distant past, and they do help, but obviously not something to do regularly. Sometimes I wear a ring brace, but I don't feel a lot of difference. Does anyone have any experiences with good exercises, stretches, etc? Magic bullets? I'd love to hear!
Also, I would like to plan to do a 10k or two in the fall. I was looking at Hal Higdon and would love to know people's thoughts/experiences on beginner 10k programs.