I'm back!!!!!! That was amazing! After 3 days of my legs feeling ok, I bit the bullet.
I contemplated whether or not to do W3R1 or repeat W2R3. I thought, what the hell, I'm going to go at snails pace anyway so I may as well attempt week 3. The sun was out so I iced my legs before the run, did some stretches, put on my shin compression sleeve things (I swear it takes longer to get ready each run...) and set off in the blazing sunshine.
Again it was windy which was my least favourite running condition. You'll see why I said "was" shortly. The first run was 90s and was ok - my legs weren't hurting so I felt optimistic. Then the second run was 3 minutes. I was full of dread when Laura said that!!!! But I found it surprisingly easy! I made a point of going ridiculously slowly and carefully and I focussed on my breathing a lot. 3 minutes - boom!!!! Another 90s run (easy peasy after the 3 minute one I'd just done) followed by another 3 minute run. Was that it????? I couldn't believe that I was then done! It seemed to go sooo quickly. Then for the 5 minute cool down walk. And the hail stone storm. No, seriously, they were like monster hail stones pelting me in the face and hands. Not pleasant. So my new most hated weather condition is hail and wind combined.
But who gives two hoots, I'd just done my first week 3 run and didn't struggle!!!! I actually found it easier, I think because there were fewer runs (even though they were longer). I'm made up and over the moon and soooooo chuffed Even more chuffed that the legs that were conspiring against me have submitted to my willpower finally and are working again. I have got ice packs on my legs again just to be on the safe side. I'm glad I had 2 weeks off - although it drove me nuts it was the best thing to do. I thought I'd lose the fitness I had already built up but apparently not. Though I bet I'm a bit achy tomorrow.
GET IN THERE!!!!
And just for your amusement, here's a rather soggy selfie of me once I got home (you can see the hail stone on the car behind me)!
Looking forward to the next one in a few days.