Damn that Laura. At the start of the podcast she more or less delivered a public health warning about how much running we'd be doing this week. x2 5 minute runs - oh my god, there is no way I'll manage that. Or so I thought.
IT WAS GREAT!!!! Finally another run I enjoyed. Well, I enjoyed it as much as you can when you are pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone! It was warm out (but not as hot as the last few days) and drizzly - the drizzle is so refreshing especially when you're getting hot during a run.
In week 3 (as loads of you will know) the longest run is 3 minutes. This time, the shortest run was 3 minutes which is what we started with. I had no idea how I'd manage another 2 minutes on top of that during the next run but it was actually ok. I got a reasonable pace going too. Although the long runs are harder in terms of stamina, they are long enough to get a rhythm going with regards to my running pace - when I get in a good rhythm, it seems fairly comfortable. The 90 second walk between was ridiculously quick. I swear I only walked 10 paces and that 90 seconds was up (either that or Laura lied and it was really only 30 seconds - I wouldn't put it past her!). The last 5 minute run was harder but I got through it ok and I was aware I had a beaming smile across my face once I'd done it and started the cool down walk.
I did have another pillock heckling me this time - not had one in a while. I wish I'd got his registration and reported him for sexual harassment (I doubt he would do it again if that happened) - I prefer the white van drivers compared to what he did. He was driving a bmw, actually slowed down along side me on the other side of the road (which did scare me quite a bit) and shouted "your tits are wobbling" (which they weren't) and stayed driving slowly for a second. Getting my sports bra on is almost as difficult a task as the running is, so I know damn well my boobs don't wobble - they don't budge in the slightest. I just ignored him and carried on until he drove off. I'm glad he was on the other side of the road but it did scare me as nobody else was about at the time, the fact he slowed down to an almost stop was worse than him shouting. Fortunately it was at the start of the run and the sense of achievement at the end outweighed that incident, but I'm taking a scrap of paper and an argos pen out with me from now on, so that I can make a note of anyone like that and reg plates etc. Scaring and intimidating ladies whilst out on their own in broad daylight is totally unacceptable so if anything like that happens again they will be reported. I'm not bothering with the white vans etc, but slowing down in the way he did and sexually harassing people is something I'm not going to accept in this day and age, it damn right out of order.
Anyway, stuff him. I can't believe I ran for a total of 16 minutes. SIXTEEN MINUTES!!!!! this felt like a huge achievement. I'm liking the fact that I'm exceeding my own expectations. It's mind over matter. I never thought in a million years when I did that very first run that I'd be able to do a total of 16 minutes in the one session. I am still typing this with a smile on my face and I went out at 5.30 for my run so I've been back for 2 and a half hours!
Looking forward to the next run!