Running for 25 minutes is HARD. I did it, but not without difficulty, which was surprising because the 20 minute run of week 5 was fairly easy. The gremlins came out for the first 5 minutes today, but once I got into a rhythm they went away. I was pleasantly surprised when Laura said I was halfway through because I had expected her to jump in at 10 minutes as well. But at around the 15 minute mark it started to go downhill. I lost control of my breathing and had to slow down to a shuffle to get proper breathing back and take a few sips of water - extremely uncoordinated as I was still running/shuffling. I wasn't going too fast...I noticed today that I sometimes *forget* to breathe. I end up holding my breath for a few seconds, then I'll remember and breathe again, and the cycle continues. At the 20 minute mark I was glad to have only 5 minutes to go, but it was the most random 5 minutes I've run. I had to speed up for a burst of energy, slow down to control my breathing, stay at my regular pace to keep going...I was going back and forth between speeds for the entire last 5 minutes. But it's done, and I hit 4 PBs:
- longest run: 35:16 mins
- farthest distance: 4.15 kms
- fastest km: 7:22 mins
- fastest mile: 11:52 mins
This is the first time I regretted sticking with the podcast instead of listening to my own music. But when my earworm came on ("coz I got both feet on the ground, my head is spinning round and round") I burst out laughing. It's hard to believe that exactly one month ago I was ecstatic because I had managed to run for 3 whole minutes - twice!