Hi everyone, I am starting back to running after a three year gap so its back to basics again. I am hoping someone can give me some advice as I am just not improving. NB - I have four stones nearly to get rid of - I have entered and got a place in the Great North Run this year. I am currently trying to do two mins running and two mins walking, getting absolutely nowhere, I am out three times each week and dont feel as if I am getting any better which is very disheartening. At the end of the two mins run I am out of breath and feeling extremely unfit. This has gone on for about six weeks now. Do you think I should ditch the timing thing in this and just run until I can't run any more, then walk until I get my breath back and then run some more? Anything has got to be better than what I am doing now. When I started running six years ago I had training partners and we just kept each other going, it did seem a lot easier than what I am going through now. Incidentally, I still had two stones to loose then so its not as though I was a lean mean running machine then. Please give me some advice, I am getting very downhearted.