After a difficult W4R1, I was on the couch for a week because of a cold that zapped me of my energy. I went back out for W4R2, and because I ran slower than R1 I was doing fairly ok. That is until my last recovery walk (before the last 5 minute run) when I felt a niggling pain in my left ankle (which, to be honest, I'd been ignoring for a couple of days because it was so mild) AND sharper pain in my right hip (which was new). I started the last run, but 1 minute in stopped and did my cool down walk because both pains persisted and I didn't want to get an injury.
So here I am, icing my ankle, thinking about W4. I will definitely need more than 3 runs of this before moving on to W5. But on the bright side (I like to look for this to stay motivated):
- no stitch this time
- despite the week's break, the 5 minute run was not as difficult as I thought it would be
- my recovery time after the whole run was much quicker than usual