Sooooooo ........... W5R1 was hard - but W5R2? .. I've honestly never felt so defeated
about 6 mins into the first 8mins my back began to hurt so i was on guard - the walking break helped immensely and i went for the second 8 mins but my god by the end i was REALLY feeling it and i felt i honestly couldn't have run for one minute more - i was soooo glad when it ended - THEN - I sneaked a look at W5R3 and realised it was gonna be 20 mins solid and i don't mind saying i had a mini-meltdown and wee quivery bottom lip - i said to my husband "thats it! - its beaten me - i'll NEVER be able to do that".........
he was very supportive saying that no one was gonna force me to do it - he told me to remember how far i'd come etc etc and suggested going back a week or two till i felt more comfortable with the 8 mins before i even attempted the 20 mins etc etc.
so - i had my rest day - ibuprofen tabs during the day to keep my back under control then, with some trepidation, i went for it..........
i put on my headfones, music blasting in my ears for the five min warm up walk - then i put my phone in front of the timer so i couldnt see it (my thinking was i would be running for bout 4/5 songs then check the timer?) and i started - slowly but surely.
and yes my back started to ache, but i just kept going - singing in my head and staring at my sons pic on the wall for inspiration (he's a paratrooper, has done 11 tours of afghanistan and received a Military Cross from the queen for 'just doing his job' as he says) and i KNOW he'll be dead proud of me if i can achieve this task.
And then - to my amazement - when i looked at my timer again i had about 45 seconds to go!
believe me - i smiled all the way to the end and smiled and chuckled to myself during all the five min warm down - the pain/tightness drained out of my back and i was back to normal.
better still, when i sneaky peeked into next week it sounds defo do-able and it isn't filling me with dread - so come on week 6 - lets do this!
(ps - my son is currently away on a nine weeks Sergeant's course - it started 6/1 - same week as me starting my 9 week course - i havent told him i'm doing it - I'm thinking ahead and hopefully when he's finished and completed his course successfully, i'll be able to tell him I've done this too - he will be gobsmacked! - so thats my plan and my reward at the end - we can maybe do the odd run together? - although - to be fair, he was just telling me on the phone the other night about a 24K run they were all doing the other day carrying full kit on the brecon beacons in wales in the snow,.... so a wee half hour run with me won't tax him too much hahahaha - but i know he will defo be proud of me for getting off the couch!) xxx