So Ive been stressing about the step up from week 3 to week 4 and I knew it was bugging me as even on the warm up walk my breathing wasnt right. Definitely not a good start.
Got through the first uphill 3 minutes but only 90 seconds to recover? I was praying it was a joke but sadly it wasnt off again, for 5 minutes this time, my dog almost trips me up twice by randomly stopping, he obviously isnt used to so much jogging either. This 5 minutes was mainly downhill, sounds easy but gravity wanted me to go faster so took a lot of effort not to go too fast. Got to the end and was feeling pretty chuffed, 2 1/2 minute recovery, I was thinking, I got this, what was I worried about.
Next three minute run and early on I feel my legs starting to get wobbly, my muscles are not used to this and are complaining like mad. This 3 minutes is definitely longer than the first one, it has to be, or did I miss the voice telling me to stop running? The voice appears as Im thinking this so guess there was no mistake, but there is no way I can do another 5 is all I can hear the gremlins chanting.
The next 90 second rest was over before I knew it and im told to start my next 5 minutes, I start a very slow shuffley jog and honestly it was a battle not to cry. My legs did not want to do this and it was messing my breathing, the half way message arrives and the gremlins were screaming at me to give up and collapse in a sobbing heap right there on the pavement.
But I didnt, I finished the 5 minutes, and the cool down, and instead collapsed on my sofa with a bottle of water, very wobbly legs and a stupid grin.