I feel as though things are starting to get serious now. I managed to do the first run of this week no problem, but today things seemed to be conspiring against me.
I normally run in the evenings after work, as I live 25 miles away from where I work, and the thought of getting up even earlier than I have to is unbearable. I've commented before on how I seem to find daylight runs tougher than evening/darkness ones, but I think maybe it's a psychological thing rather than an actual, real, existing thing. Anyway, I wanted to do my run so that I could wash my hair and look half-decent for my Skype session with the boyf.
I stepped outside and wow! The wind was really blowing! It almost took my breath away as I was doing my warm-up walk. I knew I'd find the run challenging for this reason - plus I have the remnants of a chesty cough.
Anyway, the wind didn't let up as I began my first ever 8-minute run. I made sure to pace myself, but in the final minute or so I was finding that I was taking more and more breaths. I generally start out by breathing in for 4, out for 4 at the start of a run, moving down to 3 in 3 out as the run progresses. Only today did I get to 2 in and 2 out! I was relieved when Laura told me to slow down to a walk as I was also beginning to develop a stitch.
The next 8-minute run seemed to have it in for me! The wind picked up and I felt as though my breath was being taken away from me. It also felt that I was running so slowly, I may as well have been going backwards (curse that windy weather!). Nevertheless, with a burning hot face I made it to the end without stopping and fell to a very slow cool down walk.
Thinking ahead, my run on Wednesday will be challenging. I did find today's run a challenge. However, I never thought that within 5 weeks I'd be able to run for 8 minutes! This program has been a real eye-opener for me. I've never been one to shirk hard work, but I have always shunned physical activity. However I didn't give up, I persevered, and I made it to the very end. I think that's the attitude that I have to keep in mind as I go for my final run of the week on Wednesday. I don't think it will be a walk in the park, but I do think that I can do it.
Thanks again to everyone's encouarging words on here - I love reading your thoughts and experiences of the program and beyond =]