Yes! That's right guys/gals...week 5 run 3 COMPLETED!!
As you can imagine, I was amazed I did it and I'm still buzzin' because I not only attempted this challenge of doing 20 minutes non-stop, I actually completed it!
I was really dreading this run beforehand and although I was not confident I could actually complete it, I was hopeful that I could get a good way into it before dropping to the floor! (I was thinking I would manage around 10 or 11 minutes max).
I really wasn't in the right frame of mind before I set off and I actually left home very reluctantly. I think my subconcious mind took over control of my brain! It put my shorts and trainers on then walked me outside locking the front door behind! Then, once my front door key was safely tucked inside the little pocket in my shorts, it released control of my brain and it was up to me again! Once I was back in control of my own brain, I thought, 'Oh well, I might as well give it a go now and get it out of the way...at least it's not raining!'
So I set off walking up towards the local industrial estate (Yes, I'm back home in Tamworth, so no lovely harbour views for me today!) Just after I got into the estate Laura announced it was time to start the run. 'Oh gawd!' I thought, here we go...
Anyway, I set off jogging (up a small incline) and got into a nice, slow steady rhythm and then Laura announced I had done 5 minutes and I could feel my legs getting quite heavy again and I thought that any second now they are going to really start to burn and I will have to stop, but they didn't get any worse! I found that my legs stayed like that. Yes, they were feeling heavy and I really would've loved to have stopped there and then but I continued to push on (slowly!) and on...and on...I think I would say that this was the toughest part of the whole run for me, not the last few minutes! Believe it or not.
Next thing I know Laura is telling me I have completed 10 minutes and I am half way through! Wow, I have now done more non-stop running than I've ever managed in the last 35 years and although my legs were heavy I was still able to throw one in front of the other, drop it down and repeat it with the other leg, and so I just continued to do this (while I still could!) and I found myself in a decent rhythm and after listening to a song or two I was convinced I was at the 20 minute mark so believe it or not I actually upped the pace (very slightly) to finish with a bit of a spurt and to get me out of breath. However, this almost went terribly wrong because after stepping up the pace Laura then announced that I had just 2 minutes to go. 'Oh damn' I thought! I was really expecting to stop any second, and she now tells me I have another 2 minutes to go!! Well, I dropped the pace back down again and crossed the finishing line without any major problems. In fact, I felt like I could've carried on a little longer! Not much, and I would still be hurting, but I did feel like I had it in me if push came to shove.
So, after that my confidence is flying high! Don't get me wrong though, I'm not getting ahead of myself, as it was very tough. Completing 20 minutes non-stop really wasn't a 'walk in the park' Literally! It was a real struggle, but if anbody else reading this is due to do their W5R3 then trust me...as long as you've stuck to the programme, you *will* be capable of doing it.