I'm not going to lie - this run was hard.
I felt fairly confident as I left the house this morning and heard I'd be running 2x10 minutes, with a 3 minute rest in-between. "I've done 20 minutes with no break," I thought to myself.
Mercifully, I had no interruptions during this run. I felt that the first run was fine, although I was flagging a little bit towards the end. Then the final 3-4 minutes of the final run was Hellish. I had a stitch, my legs were refusing to cooperate, and the wind was doing its utmost to drive me back.
Slowing to a walk crossed my mind more than once. The thought kept creeping into my mind. I managed to fight it off by repeating "I can do this, I can do this..." in my head. When Laura told me I only had 1 minute left, my stitch became a big issue. I kept going, hand clutching the affected side in the hopes it would ease off a little. It didn't, but in what felt like no time at all I was instructed to slow down to a walk, which I did.
I've so far tracked 2 runs using Runkeeper, and like others it's really nice to see what distance I covered and my average speed. I'm not really bothered how slowly or how quickly I do a run - I can worry about speeding up once I'm comfortable running constantly for 30 minutes! - but it's just nice to see.
Speaking of running constantly for long periods of time, I've gone and signed myself up to two 5K runs in the UK. One is for the British Heart Foundation on 26th March in Regent's Park, and the other is the Race for Life in Southend on 8th May. I'm excited for both of them of course, but the BHF run will be shortly after graduation. Although it probably won't be the first run after graduation, I think it ought to count as my graduation run, as it will be somewhere different as well as raising money for a good cause.
Anyway, despite week 6 throwing it's fair share of problems my way, I'm looking forward to the 25-minuter which I'll be running on Tuesday in the woods at Keele University. Again, it'll be something different and quite fun.
Has anyone else signed up to either of these runs? =] Hope you're all having wonderful Sundays!