I was a little bit anxious about this run (I made it through week 3 but I didn't find those three minute runs easy and couldn't see how I was going to go on for 5 minutes with even less walking breaks). But I decided to go really slowly and just trust the programme.
And I was really surprised at how easy I found it!
I will admit that my 'light jog' was the slowest jog in the known universe-I'm not even certain that it wasn't an elaborate walk in places! But I knew my breathing would be the biggest obstacle for me to overcome and that I couldn't push it too hard. After making it through the first three minute run much easier than my week 3 run on Thursday, I was a little more confident about the five minute run. And, lo and behold, the five minute run went fine, too! My legs did start to hurt through the final two runs and my lower back even felt a little pull for the first time, but I pushed through and made it to the end of the second five minute run without even counting down the seconds!
I felt really good about myself during the cooldown walk and I really feel like this has been progress. Speed can come later, I'm just really impressed at my improved stamina!