I. Nailed. It!
Today has been insane. Major traffic problems made me just in time for work. Then I had a full teaching day, with an unannounced learning walk, 3 kids being kicked out of one class (!) which I never have to do, an after-school meeting with a student about their project, severe tummy pains, and food shopping when I arrived back in Southend. I almost didn't run - my tummy pains are so severe I can barely walk, let alone run! Luckily they stopped and I arrived home, ready to go.
When Laura told me to go, I decided not to focus on counting my breathing - I didn't want to be too conscious of how much time was passing. I just wanted to focus on putting one foot in front of the other. So off I went at a slightly slower pace than usual. I found however that partway through I was running at more-or-less my usual speed. I was surprised by how easy I was finding it!
At the 18-minute mark I developed a stitch. I refused to slow down to a walk, however, so I concentrated on taking deep breaths. I felt more conscious of the passage of time at this point... but when Laura told me to slow down to a walk, I felt like I could keep on going! I decided against it because I didn't want to push too far and injure myself. I almost felt like strutting my cool down walk - "Im the best! I've just ran for 20 minutes without a break!!".
I feel such pride right now. Physically and mentally, this programme has really helped me so far. I used to think I'd never be able to do and enjoy running, but I find myself looking forward to my running days. I'm planning a run around the woods at my old university when I visit my family next week. And I am so excited about it, I could burst.
Thank you so much to everyone who's cheered me on for this run, and who's taken the time to read this rambling post! I feel genuinely proud and am pumped for week 6 to begin on Friday evening.