Well. I’ve been dreading this ever since I stopped dreading last week and started doing it. How on earth will I do short runs of 3 mins and how will I ever keep going for 5 mins.
Last half of first 3 min run was painful. Too fast at the start and I reached the place I am used to stopping after 90 seconds when that blooming Jo Wiley comes on and says keep going. You could go off a person, no matter how cheery their voice.
Recovery before the first 5 minute run is at least half an hour too short, surely? Actually, this bit started okay as I’d remembered I was going to need to slow right down to get to the end. Last couple of minutes was determination not pleasure.
Nice longer middle recovery and the halfway bell sounded - only two runs to go.
Second 3 minute was fairly easy. I’d slowed to my 5 minute pace (who knew I had one?) and was comfortable going into the rest.
Final 5 minutes. Started well. Half way and I get like I could go on and on. Then there is a false end - music faded and JW came on to talk to me. I thought it was the end but it was 1 more minute!
No dramas. My playlist ran out of tunes and randomly I got “The drugs don’t work, they just make you worse” in my ears. Say no to doping, then. Massive (drug free) buzz at the end as usual. That warm down walk has become my happy place.
First time I have run anything like this amount of time. I’m genuinely impressed with the progression and I’m looking ahead to the next few weeks thinking I might just be able to do this. My secrets are slow pace and being stubborn.
First run in my new long leggings. Longer than my legs, sadly. Is this why runners do stretching exercises?
Whatever you are running next, good luck with it.
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