After my triumphant r2 last week, I was very good and took my running kit with me this weekend as I went up to my parents'. Saturday evening didn't seem too horrifically warm, so off I went, leaving a daughter and my mum to cook tea for when I was back and showered!
I felt very apprehensive - 25 mins just seems like such a very long time to be running for, and the 2x10 mins had been a bit of a struggle even though I'd managed it. But I thought I'd do my best, and see how we got on.
I don't know the estate where my parents live very well, so it was a bit of a fun exploring sort of route - I know the main road, so went down all the side roads, and some side roads-off-side-roads before retracing my steps back to the main road, and the next side spur. At 10 mins, however, I was finding it hard, and once Laura said I was half way through I just knew I needed a short break.
I gave in to my legs - in my defence, they really were getting very tired and achy, it wasn't just all in my mind - and walked for a couple of minutes, before picking it up again to run the last 10 mins.
So, not great, but also not a fail. I ran 22 1/2 mins, which I couldn't have done a few weeks ago, for sure. My knees are still working and pain-free, so that's a massive win, and I can go out this evening or tomorrow night for another go at it... I'll see what the weather forecast is temperature-wise before deciding!