You all know how challenging this run is. Running continuously for 20 min is mind battle.
I had additional struggles. Yesterday I had my birthday dinner with friends. I overate and got upset stomach. I even throw up Then, I couldn't sleep for most obthe night, waking up every hour or so. When my alarm clock rung, it was bloody hard to stand up. Fighting against some illness that is trying to catch me wasn't helping as well.
But you know what? It is worth the effort. Just do this strenuous exercise of putting running clothes on. Do some warm up exercises - damn it was hard. And go out there with free mind that well you can always only walk or go back home earlier.
I started my 20 minutes' run. It was better than I expected and easier than warm up exercises O_O But then dreaded approx. 5 min came. Struggling with breathing, with runny nose, small crump in stomach. So I slowed down even more from my snail pace, blow my nose, concentrated on relaxation as much as I could. Just calm breath in and breath out. The stomach felt better, and so did I. It took me about 3 minutes to get over the crisis. I continued my running. The body was good. My mind for whole run was uneasy, flooding me with so many thoughts, I think it was detoxicating. My mind was throwing up all those crappy thoughts. The last 2 minutes run was calm, my head restored, my body strong. I increase my pace for the last minute. Short cool down walk and longer than usual stretches.
I did my best 3km in 2018 because all the snow was gone and my feet had a better grip.
It was definitely challenging run. Phase 5 finished New chapter 'week 6' is waiting for me. You can overcome more obstacles than you imagine, you just need to try and persevere.