I finished the infamous 20 minute run (week 5 day 3) last week. Monday approached and I thought - "great, w6d1 seems quite easy (5min run, 3min walk, 8min run, 3min walk, 5min run), if I did 20 minutes non-stop then surely this is going to be easy?".
Wow - was it hard.
Reading around it seems that lots of people find w6d1 tricky - it certainly was for me. I think I made the mistake most of us make which is putting on those rose coloured glasses when thinking about the past and forgetting exactly how hard the 20 minutes run was _and how slowly I ran it_.
So off I start on the first 5 minute run quite a bit faster than my usual shuffle and within 2 or 3 minutes my lungs were bursting, my legs were aching etc. - not at all pleasant.
I did stick with it and managed to follow the run/walk schedule, and actually that extra speed at the beginning made it my personal best in terms of distance (3.8km) but it was _much_ harder than the 20 minute run.
So, for me, moral of my story is not to overestimate past successes and start slowly - I can always speed up later.
Looking forward to week 6 day 2 - bring it on (but slowly please :-)).