Just done W4R3, and oh my, it was the absolute polar opposite to W4R2! So flipping hard. I blogged the other day about how I steadily and fairly easily completed run 2, and really enjoyed it, but this time I HATED EVERY MILISECOND! I mean I was prepared for it not to be as good as run 2, but this bad?!? I could barely even finish the first 3 min run! What the heck?! My heart and lungs were going crazy, my legs were so heavy, and at the end I had stomach ache and cramp in the front of my thighs. Serious arguments were had with myself throughout this run I can tell you! Luckily my stubborn side won out, the idea of not being able to finish it after doing it twice previously was just too infuriating!
I've been thinking about the differences between the two runs. W4R2 (the good one) was done in the evening after work so I had a whole day's food inside me which I guess would have upped my energy levels, and I had also had two rest days beforehand. This terrible awful third run was done in the morning after half a banana and a glass of water, after having had a low cal meal last night, so maybe this was a real factor in my energy levels. Not sure about the aches though! Maybe morning running just ain't for me..
Maybe I will have two rest days before starting week 5, and go back to the evening run. Even if I can't complete W5R1, I want to try it as I really don't want to repeat any of week 4. I don't really see any point in doing that, as no matter how hard it was I did complete the week. So, onwards and upwards, or perhaps sideways