Week 5. The dreaded Week 5. Two down, the 20-minuter to go. I'm now running around the reservoir. Correction, partly around. Before turning back and walking home. Although after the pre-walk to the reservoir I need a good long rest before I start Laura.
I keep hearing it's not really about the 5K, it's about being able to run for a non-stop 30 minutes. Why then, in just week 5, am I being asked to run for a non-stop 20? A huge leap. Surely an error that some how slipped through. Too late to fix it, we'll just say it's all part of the programme. Trust the programme. Don't question the programme.
I remember the 20 minute run from my previous attempt at this 4 years ago. I think I managed it okay. I'm at that point where I wonder if I am actually getting any fitter or is my body just figuring out how to cope - is there any difference? With each subsequent run all I'm really doing is just going slower and breathing more.
The 3x a week training really just enforcing new habits, conditioning, the ritual and rigmarole of putting on the costume, the armband, of bluetooth pairing and stashing the backdoor key in the funny pouch. If I just briefly stop to think about what I'm actually doing as I'm bent double balanced on the edge of the bed peeling on and off my weird legging things (I really don't want to call them tights), I'd stop.
I think the novelty is wearing off, the prospect of levelling up each week less addictive now.