Well, today's run was tricky! I currently live on the edge of a small industrial estate and I started my C25K plan mainly running around there, but recently (to make a nice change) I've decided to run around some of the footpath/cycle ways that criss-cross all the housing estates and small park areas. Ideally, I would still be staying at my sisters place in Cornwall and could run along the seafront or harbour, like I did a few weeks ago, but sadly I'll have to put up with what I've got on my doorstep for the time being!
So, I set off today past my local shops, up a footpath/cycle way and was then into the unknown! The only major thing I want to seriously avoid, is any inclines because that's what I really struggle with. I was doing ok, and then when I was just about past the halfway mark, I reached a point where I needed to go one way or another and both of them seemed to be going more or less uphill. Now part of the route I had already taken was going slightly downhill, so I presumed whichever way I choose to go, I'm having to go up some kind of incline, so I chose what I thought would be the easiest to manage and plodded on.
Now, so far on my C25K journey, I've luckily managed to complete all of what Laura has asked me to do without having to do any repeating or stopping with injuries or whatever. But, here we are on run 1 of week 7 and I had finally reached my breaking point and I had got to that point where I must stop as my heavy legs felt like they were just going to explode!! (My breathing was fine btw, it was just my legs).
Just on the verge of stopping my run, the incline levelled out and so I managed to continue to fight on! Then after a few minutes more I seemed to recover a bit and was simply feeling those heavy legs again and not the feeling that they were going to spontaneously combust! (Phew, that was very close!) I then continued on to successfully complete the run, and in fact, once again I even upped my pace (very slightly) for the last 60 seconds as Laura suggested.
I need to plan ahead I think, because although I don't find these longer runs easy, I only *really* struggle when I get to any kind of incline. After around 10 minutes of running I get those heavy legs, but I can fight on with that feeling, however if I get to an incline during that period of running I'm almost finished!
Update: I forgot to add my run log for this run! So here it is...