I am having a totally sh*t time at work at the moment (doing the workload of 4 people on my own) and the last thing I felt like doing was running tonight. Down in the dumps is an understatement of humongous proportions. But as soon as I got in I thought "let's get it done with". I got changed and headed out. X2 8min runs with a 5min walk in the middle. I swear that first 8 minutes only felt like 3 minutes. I had to check I had the right podcast on. I did. It came to me so easily and I wasn't even tired at the end of it. The 5 minute walk I found harder than the run. That was a bit strange, I almost couldn't wait for the next run. However the first 4 minutes of run two seemed to last a LIFETIME! It went on forever and ever and ever. It was hard and my breathing turned into that of a beached whale - I don't know how a beached whale breathes, but I have decided that they puff and pant and gasp like me. Anyhow, I thought sod the running (not in a give up way, I carried on) and decided to spend the next 30 seconds or so trying to remember to breathe and slow my breaths down a bit rather than focusing on how hard the run was getting. That did the trick. Breathing sorted and the second half was fine, just like the first run I did. When I got to the cool down walk, I wasn't even that out of breath. I looked like a boiled tomato mind you, but at least I didn't look like a boiled tomato that also sounded like a beached whale! I am now half way through the whole programme and loving it. However stressed and fed up I was before, I felt loads better afterwards. I like to think of the pavement as everyone that pissed me off today, and I stomped on them all. Running is the best stress buster ever. I've done exercise classes before but nothing compares to this. I'm truly loving it. Not loving the thought of a 20 minute run on Friday with no breaks in the middle, but I'm blimmin' determined to get through it and even though part of me is dreading it, the other part of me can't wait. Feel free to send good vibes my way for Friday! I may need them after 10 minutes! Saying that, the rest of the week is highly likely to be just as rubbish and stressful (not being a pessimist, I just know how much I have to get done, and how hopelessly incompetent other people can be, making your job harder). So I may need a super run to distress after another 3 days of work!