Nope, not a typo - I literally glowed in the park. I am at Centre Parcs on holi this week and, this really beggars belief - I'm not sure I believe it myself, I still did my week 5 runs.
This evening I made run 3 and ran for 20 minutes......non-stop!
The after glow you get post completion is not supposed to be quite so literal. Several cyclists came to a halt believing I was a traffic light on red.
At least two of NASA's satellites picked up the infra-red signals and came out of orbit.
The 20 minute run this week is quite step change. In fact the whole week is a bit odd, having gone from the same podcast repeated 3 times each week to 3 slightly different sessions.
Run 2, which I did on Monday was especially odd as I had the pleasure of my daughter cycling my route with me as I plodded round. 'This'll be nice', I thought as we started out. Now, I'm slow, I know I'm slow but there is nothing like having your daughter sail past you and announcing at the top of her voice for all and sundry to hear "come on Dad, you are so slow!"
Never mind, move on, you can do it.
Comes coasting past again, "I'm not even pedalling and I'm going faster than you, Dad."
Cue smirk and snigger from passing chap. Hmmm, I've seen your villa number mate - I'm coming back later!
Fortunately she gave up on the second time round the route and left me to complete it in relative obscurity. 8 minute runs sorted.
How it works, going from 8 minute runs to running for 20 minutes without an interval in the space of one week, is a mystery. But it does. Trust the program, go slowly and you will get there.
On a non-running point (heresy, burn the witch) I have found that these weekly achievements have had quite a profound effect. Small, daft things. My long suffering spouse booked us for roller skating yesterday. I have not roller skated since my teens, where I spent more time on my butt than my feet. Suffice it to say I was not looking forward to doing this. I HATED the idea. But I went along quietly as everyone else was looking forward to it and I honestly thought to myself, give it a go, you have managed other things you thought you couldn't.
I did it. I didn't zip round in slaloms and going backwards but I stayed on my feet. I managed quite few circuits without holding on - even managing a wobbly, shuffling gait towards the end.
This running business has impact ripples that extend out into other areas of your life.
Those who are just starting on this journey, keep going. You will surprise yourself with what you can achieve. Week 1 seems such a short time ago, back when I was looking forward at week 5 being so far away and unlikely to be reached. Here I am. Proof that a total couch potato can do it. Over halfway, bring on week 6.