I had planned to do my third run of week 3 yesterday, but had woken at 4am feeling decidedly unwell and then spent the day throwing up at regular intervals. So what with stomach cramps and back ache, I wasn't able to get out of the bedroom, let alone get outside for a run.
But this morning, in a Nina Simone kind of mood, "It's a new dawn, it's a new day... and I'm feeling good." I decided to go for it.
So strapped into my uber supportive sports bra (to give maximum support to my newly reconstructed breasts) I set off. It wasn't long before the mist lifted and the park was absolutely radiant in it's autumn colours. I've upped the speed of my walking a little, and was also quite comfortable with the 8 one minute runs apart from the pain in my breast, but this didn't seem quite as bad as it did on previous two runs, although I still needed to keep my right hand clasped to the right side of my chest.
I was even treated to the sight of 2 beautiful woodpeckers.
At the end of the cool down walk I was really pleased to find that the total distance I covered was 5k in 31.17 minutes. My daughter doesn't believe I was walking most of the time, but I can only assume that since being unable to run (I'd previously completed week 8 runs about 3 weeks ago) my walking speed has improved. At last I'm feeling that being able to run the full distance is doable, even if it does take me longer to get there.
Feeling really upbeat.
(Now to invest in some running gloves as it's starting to get chilly.)