Having woken up at 5.30am for some inexplicable reason, and decanted myself out into the freezing cold, I just did the second run, the two lots of 8 minutes, and I have to say the 20 minutes third run is no longer looking daunting. Slopes, hills and all, i could have kept running for longer each 8 minute segment. Average pace 10.6km, elevation gain 49m. I caught sight of myself in a shop window at one point, running up a slope, and saw that i was hunching, so immediately straightened up, and it made a difference to my breathing, so that's something to watch for - as are small dogs, on retractable leads, that want to leap up at you. Its owner muttered: a bit cold for a jog. A jog! Hmmph...I'm running!
I'm pleased to say that, so far, I haven't been plagued with aches and pains. As I start running I once in a while get a slight ache in my calves, but it goes within 30 seconds. I also once in a while get a slight twinge in my knees, but it is always gone the next day, if it lasts at all, and this is despite old injuries that i worried would be a problem. I do think this is due, in part, to walking around this very hilly town for the last 17 months. Also to having my gait tested and having the right shoes for my needs.
Roll on Friday and the 20 minute run!