I was due to complete W6R3 on Friday but woke up feeling seriously under par. I'd had a couple of cheeky mid-week glasses of wine on Thursday evening and the punishment was out of all proportion to the crime. Anyway, I decided to give myself a break with the promise that I would definitely make up for it on Saturday.
So Saturday lunchtime I set off for the 25 minute continuous run, and I managed it. Not only did I manage it, but when Laura suggested that I might try to go a bit faster for the last 60 seconds, I actually did that too! The last 60 seconds have always been an agonising mind-over-matter crawl before. Could be that I was going downhill at the end rather than uphill, but whatever. I was grinning to myself all the way home on my 5-minute cool down walk.
I wasn't completely comfortable throughout the 25 minutes - far from it. The first 10 minutes were pretty grim, the next 10 I thought would never end. When Laura told me I was half way I thought "oh no is that all?" but I think part of the programme is about getting used to a certain level of discomfort and keeping going anyway.
The picture is my usual running route. It's a straight farm track, slightly rolling, no traffic, about one dog walker a week. I run to the end and then I run back, and repeat. Many people look for variety on their runs but at this stage I prefer predictability. I like to be able to gauge approximately how far I have left to go, and see exactly how far I've been.
I'm loving this programme. I don't expect to breeze through Week 7 but I know I can do it.