I've done W6R1*big cheesy grin*, can't quite believe I have just said that. W6R1, there just said it again. I feel like the hyena from Lion King......
'Oooh, that makes me shudder. Say it again.'
Just to ruin the overall wonderful ness, I have to admit to inflicting my legs on Joe Public again by running in shorts.
In my defence it was a nice warm morning when I went for the run but what possessed me I don't know but I wore that long sleeve running top again. DON'T DO IT.
I ended up looking like a packet of Uncle Ben's express rice, soft, soggy and all squidgy around the middle and bottom.
That top is banned until the weather turns decidedly cooler.
I have seen other posts of a similar nature asking this question but how can a run with walk intervals seem harder than the previous 20 minute non-stop run?
I wonder if I went off a little too fast. Not exceedingly so, but just a tad more than usual as I was feeling confident. I certainly reduced the pace slightly after the first one and that made it a little easier but I was still a bit breathless.
This is a bit of an epiphany for me though; I have noticed that whilst my runs are not getting any easier as the weeks progress, my ability to continue has really improved. Early in the program, my legs would be uncomfortable and I would get out of breath and I couldn't wait for the moment that the run was over and I was able to do the walk. Now though, my legs are stlll uncomfortable and I stlll get a little out of breath but I feel I could carry on for longer if I had to.
That's the change. If you are still in the early weeks and reading this wondering if it will ever get easier, my experience is yes and no. Will your legs magically stop aching and will you just bound down the road like a gazelle on acid? No, it will still feel like hard work but you get past that first bit of uncomfortable and it settles into something you can deal with and put to the background for longer than you believed. It's hard, but you keep going anyway. Looking forward to R2 and that oh so sought after R3.......Mustafa....ooooh.... *shudders*