I've just completed the first run of Week 4 today. The thought of running TWICE for 5 minutes really worried me when I first started this programme but .... I did it! The last two minutes of the last 5 minutes were a bit of a psychological battle, but now I've done it I realise that the programme does work and maybe....just maybe, I will be able to tackle those longer runs after all!! Fingers crossed.
I've learned a bit on the way. Firstly not to try and run too fast. I'm running on a treadmill at the moment and my heart rate went a bit too high when doing the running on Week 1, so I have slowed down to 7.3 and I can actually breathe (which is always a good thing....!).
Secondly, to filter out the very irritating gym instructor, who has decided to make it his job to keep coming over advising me to speed up or "you'll never manage 5k goal within 9 weeks" and "do you know how far 5k is? It's very far you know". When I politely told him that I had no intention of speeding up and I'll get there at my own pace he said that "wasn't the attitude". Mr Anti-Motivator!! Earphones and music did the trick