Good Friday morning to you all.
Well, week four is now complete. Another nice early morning run in the mist and ever-so-fine gentle misty drizzle: it was lovely! The run itself was.... tough. More so than I was expecting; I just think I lacked energy this morning, for some reason, despite sleeping really well, which probably, thinking about it, was the problem! But anyway, despite the continual underlying struggle, I got through. The last few runs I've done more than I really should have, purely due to going too far out and taking little rambling detours; today I went a decent way out but didn't overdo it, with no detours, wanting to properly stick to the program without going over.
About a minute through the first five-minute run I did wonder if I could manage it as I was struggling a bit but on I went; half way through the final five-minute run I perked up and was fine. Couldn't get my breathing rhythm for most of the run, but that too corrected itself by the end. What concerned me the most was little niggles and 'pains' which came on yesterday and caused a little confusion. A little discomfort at the top of the left thigh: with how it felt I did worry about a stress fracture of the femur (!) toward the rear of it, but then later in the day I felt it in the front. And then elsewhere. And now it's gone. (though emerged for a short while in the run) Not particularly painful, just a discomfort. It seems to have gone now though. Probably just muscle tightness/soreness. And the same with my right leg. Part of me worried about shin splints/stress fractures there too but as it comes and goes in various locations on the leg, I'm guessing just muscle soreness/tightness. At any rate, I brought myself in a bit and stuck to the program and didn't really go over like I had been doing previously and will keep an eye on things. Everything seems fine now; hills went by without issue or problem. No acute soreness when I press and poke about with the leg, so I think my body is probably just getting used to the stresses placed upon it. Or maybe the new shoes are taking some getting used to; who's to say - could be anything!
Now to look forward to week five, which I start on Monday! It's a challenge but I can do it - we all can!
Onward to week five; happy running, all!