Hello lovely runners,
Well, after a sneezing fit last night, I woke up to a cold this morning. Meh. The very day I had planned to finish week 5 with the 20 minute run. Believe it or not, I was really looking forward to this run, my chance to stretch my running legs out a bit, see what I could do, test how far I had come in terms of stamina. I was actually even excited!
But you know, I am a stubborn soul, and after assessing my body and how it felt, and establishing that my symptoms were head up and not neck down, I slipped on my favourite running tights, downed a glass of water and headed out. My legs felt good, my mentality was right, I was feeling positive, despite a runny nose.
I ran a different route today - for two reasons 1) it was flat all the way, unlike the slight inclines I have on my usual route 2) I thought a change of scenery might distract me from any blips. And it worked! I went super slow, but established a good steady rhythm. My breathing was fine, and I was not at any point huffing and puffing, my legs were holding me up nicely, though going super slow helped with that, and I really could not go any faster. I am so proud of my lungs. Thank you lungs. I am so sorry that I smoked for 20 years of my youth, I hope you are recovering, dear lungs. (I gave up smoking 6 years ago).
I had to do it today. I had to. And I ran for 20 minutes without stopping, not once.
For anyone doubting themselves, please don't. This programme works so well. Just a reminder – week 1 run 1 I could barely keep going for 60 seconds, and spent my recovery walks panting and puffing. It was so hard. But the difference between week 1 and week 5 is huge. And the amount of stamina you build up is phenomenal. Not saying it was easy; it wasn't. But achievable.
Sadie Does Run xx