I ran the full 20 minutes! Cannot describe how happy I am with that when a week ago I was struggling with the 5 min intervals. I don't know what's come over me this week. I'm visiting my parents and the first two runs I did with my mum, who completed this programme with a running group a few months ago. Then yesterday morning, I woke up earlier than planned, contemplated running, then just thought 'Sod it, just do it'.
My mindset was that I'd give it a go, and if I couldn't quite do the lot, I'd do as much as I could then try it again later in the week. I took it very slow, had a few inclines in between so slowed it down even more then, and concentrated on my breathing....et puis voilà! 😊
I said at the beginning of the year I wanted to complete a 5k, either in a parkrun or just in my own time, and now I believe I can do it. When I head back home I just need to remember this feeling, keep it up and hopefully I can get this completed by the end of November.
Also, for anyone reading this who feels they are too heavy or overweight to run, I'm 16st at 5'9" and it is completely doable! I felt like this when I started the programme again and dreaded when the running times went up. But it's amazing how well the programme helps you, just take it slow if needs be, and don't be afraid to repeat any runs, or if one run doesn't go quite to plan. It's all progress. Apologies for the long post, but I wanted to start posting my progress so it'll keep me focused and remind me of this feeling when I'm less enthusiastic.
Happy running everyone!