Having completed the 3rd RUN of WEEK 5 last friday, I stupidly decided to ignore my body's request for an extra days rest and "tooled up" to go out this morning for my first WEEK 6 run. Shorts on - CHECK, trainers laced - CHECK, running shirt on - CHECK, Laura primed and Endomondo ready - CHECK!
The sun shone warmly and the River Thames looked very serene. A couple of rowers from Twickenham rowing club whizzed passed on their two man boat. Laura spoke in my headphones and alerted me to my 5 minute run - "Five minute run?" I thought. "Piece of ****! I did 20 minutes last friday!! "
I was wrong.
I picked up the pace a bit, in my reckless bravado, thinking that 5 minutes was just a teensy weensy QUARTER of what I ran last friday. A few hours passed as I huffed and puffed and Laura said "That's two and a half minutes" - TWO AND A HALF MINUTES???? Why am I feeling so knackered??? The 3 minute walk came eventually and was most welcome. I began to feel a bit pathetic, thinking that having conquered WEEK 5 with gusto, I was now taking a meek step backwards in my mindset.
THEN.....the 8 minute run. Laura said "Just cos you ran 20 mins last week, resist the temptation to go faster" (or words to that effect.) I took heed of what she said and relaxed back a bit and went at my usual slow and steady pace and still managed a 6'20 kilometre.
My 5K circuit took me 38'26 but 16 mins of that was walking, so I'm pretty pleased at that time - especially for an unfit, non runner like me!
The moral of this story is for all you WEEK SIXERS - Respect the program and don't get cocky like I did. Take 2 days rest after the 20 minute run. Otherwise you'll walk home with your tail between your legs.