Its worth starting by saying that before each of the recent weeks I've been terrified, I'm still terrified of week 7 and week 8 and week 9. I don't think that's going to go away - but I'm going to ignore it!
Because so far I've made it through every week, and yes I've repeated a few (W5R3 I'm looking at you) but I've survived each and every one.
I've also lost the best part of 3/4 stone, in six weeks - although combined with eating better and my fitbit which is forcing me to get to 10,000 steps most days.
I know I look daft compared to all those svelte 20somethings running around the park (I'm only 32 for pity's sake) but I'm doing this, and godammit I'm better than them because its harder work for me!
This evening I achieved W6R3 - not only did I run for 25 minutes - non stop - hurrah! But also, two other, strange and unusual things happened
Firstly - Laura boo-booed - I know we all think that she's making us run for longer and walk for less, but somehow my app stalled, adding 5-7mins on to the run ( I have proof, Guvnor - MapmyRun and Fit bit both agree I was out for 41mins, not 35. I knew this, cos she was just too quiet, but wasn't certain until she announced the first 5 mins much later, and after I'd intervened with the app. So in case i'm rambling and you didn't get the drift... I ran for about 31 mins, not 25 - go me!!!!
Secondly - I think I found "the zone" - I really hadn't though it was real. But the run from when Laura said I was halfway (so actually a bit further!) to the five minute point, I was smooth, unthinking, it just happened - feeling good! is that what its like??
I'm so proud of myself. I'm going to carry on at the start of week 7 cos I don't want to overdo it. But I just cant believe I've got this far in one piece - and I'm so glad I have you guys to share this with!
Maybe that parkrun goal isn't that far off after all!