Beginning my journey to recovery (long story) and my cardio is shot. Used to have stamina out the wazoo but now it's long gone.
So I started Day 1 and couldn't finish. The mind is willing but the flesh is weak; my legs gave out and I couldn't get enough breath to keep going after Run 3 of 8 on today's Day 1.
I've read suggestions on other threads to just run every 3rd run, or redo Day 1 over and over until I can finish it. I appreciate the intent but that's incredibly demotivating. This app is called "Couch to 5K". Does it really consider the "couch" someone who can run for a full minute, eight times? If that's "couch" is there a setting or a premium offer or another app by the same development team that'll get me from "Barely Alive to Couch"?
Concern about the pressure on your joints is valid. There is no shame in walking as opposed to running. Listen to your body, test your limits, but don't shame yourself for getting tired! Recovery is just as important, IF NOT MORE important, than the exercise. You can't continue each day if you get injured, so go easy on yourself. Push later, but only because you feel empowered to do so - avoid doing it out of guilt, jealousy, or spite.
Your body is your greatest asset, take care of it and it will take care of you. No need to "punish" it every day.
Long term results will come from feeling good about what you are doing, so please try to find additional motivation outside of the disgust you've begun to feel. This will prove to be a much stronger push for you on days when you don't feel like going. Also, walking with the kiddos and family can prove to be a great way to add more exercise each day without the added strain on your body and schedule.