I really can't believe what's happened to me in Week 5! I had a vey restless night on Thursday worrying about W5R1 - I just couldn't see how I could run 4 lots of 5 minutes. I really forced myself to put my running gear on and get out of the door, taking the dog too for moral support. Then I logged on and found that there were only 3 5 minute runs not 4!! That stupidly made a huge difference to my mental attitude and I sailed through it! I then had a 2 day break and forced myself to go to the gym last night - 2 8 minute runs 😫😫!! Ok I thought, I'll just go really slowly and see if I can keep going. Well, I'm not sure what happened but it was almost easy!! It really felt as if someone had switched my stamina switch on and unbelievably I wanted to cut down the walking and run for longer. This really can't be me!!
I had to run again this morning as I won't be able to later this week so the dog and I set off - 20 minutes continuous running 🏃😧. We set off slowly with me doing mental calculations about which route would cover most downhill or level ground! I did it!! Readers I ran for 20 minutes without stopping! My Fitbit showed I averaged 6' 51". Not bad! I did have to walk back (mostly uphill!) for 30 minutes though! I DID IT!! I honestly don't think I will face such a huge psychological challenge again in this programme. I now trust the way it is designed and believe I can graduate and achieve 5k runs - if I stick with it and listen to Sarah! If I can do it - anyone can. Keep at it folks!!