Well, I nearly spat out my warm-up banana when Laura told me she was going to make me run for 20 minutes. I figured the app must have had a hiccup and jumped to wk7 or something, but no, she really did want me to run for 20 mins. If felt as devastating as getting a tax demand.
Anyway, I figured I've managed all the runs so far, and Laura was telling me this was just another run which should not be physically harder than the rest, it's just psychologically training my brain that I can do it. I've only run up to 8 minutes so far, so Laura was asking a lot, but before I knew it she told me I was half way and I was feeling quite comfortable actually, so I just carried on running. After a while I figured I must be close to 15 mins when Laura pipped up again... 2 mins left!!... Really?! Wow!? I've done 18 mins already!?! I knew at that point I was gonna do it, and even managed to pick up the pace in that last 2 minutes. I am elated. Ive not even run for a bus in 20 years, how I have managed this Ill never know.
So far over the course of this programme I have missed the odd day here and there with family and work commitments and even repeated wk4 entirely as I was on holiday and wanted to just keep my fitness up whilst I was away, so to complete wk5 has actually taken me nearer 7 wks, but I've lost 6kg (around a stone) in weight, have seen my ribs for the first time in about 15 years when I stretch and really can't remember feeling so good.
Roll on wk6... I'll be earning that certificate before October comes!... Thanks Laura. 👍