I can't quite believe it - finally got through week 5 and particularly the dreaded W5R3. I've mainly been a treadmill runner up to now - I like my numbers and knowing where I'm up to, also running along the streets of inner city London never appealed to me. However I'm visiting family this weekend so no gym in sight, so I thought I'd use the opportunity for my first outdoor run (the Cotswold countryside being much more appealing than my slightly grotty part of north London). Also it's a beautiful sunny tranquil morning here.
So I set out, headphones in and Laura in my ears, with my warm up walk. Only to be overtaken by a supremely athletic guy twice my age (he looked to be in his 70s) gliding past me. Still I thought if he can do it, so can I. I thought I'd run to the nearest park, do a lap and then run back. Then started my slow jog. I never realised just how slow I was compared with other runners - any slower and I swear I'd be going backwards! Huffed and puffed around the park trying to ignore the dog walkers bemused looks at the sweating newbie runner. Concentrated on the gorgeous weather and Laura's slightly less gorgeous music. Exited the park to hear Laura's 2 minute warning (really?). Realised that the deceptively flat path to the park had now morphed into a slightly less flat hill in the 10 minutes since I'd run down it. Groaned inwardly but pushed on through it. And all of a sudden it was over! I'm so chuffed - I didnt ever think I'd get here.
So I guess what I'm trying to say to those of you that are struggling like me, is keep on going - you'll get there! At the start of the programme I couldnt run for a bus without getting out of puff, but just trust in the programme and trust your abilities - it really does work.