I was going to give up but thanks to all the lovely people on this forum I didn’t. I can’t thank you all enough for the help and encouragement you’ve given me as today I managed the 20 minute run!
It went like this...I took on board as much advice as I could from everyone that’s messaged me and even though the day started with a cat with a icky tummy and lots of wind (the weather not the cat) , I still decided to go, on the advice of another member I thought I’d do some relaxation exercises so after a few minutes stretching and a few minutes listening to headspace I was ready. I decided that rather than a circuit today I’d turn around at the halfway point for the psychological advantage. I started really really slowly, slower than I’ve ever managed to go before but I didn’t care I just needed to keep going.
Five minutes in had me dodging 3 cars, waiving to my next door neighbor and dodging the local blacksmith on his motorised wheelchair (he was going much faster than me I suspect).
Second 5 minutes and I was thinking “is that all the elapsed time? I thought I should be further through it” but then came the distraction of a combine harvester (we get a lot of those here) and a funny track from my Les Mills playlist that reminded me of the scene in The Inbetweeners movie, the one where the lads are in a dodgy club and don’t really know how to dance and therefore follow their mate’s really bad moves-that actually made me laugh!
Third five minute segment and the halfway timer went off so I turned around and set back, this was fairly uneventful and I started to feel tired so I imagined all of you on this forum running with me urging me forwards (thanks all!).
Fourth 5 minutes and I was nearly there, past the blackberry bushes, past the gap in the hedge where there’s always a refreshing gust of air, past the 30 sign coming into the village and lastly passing the old guy in his wheelchair coming the other way. I even managed a quick hello and a bit of a faster pace st the end and it was all over. Yay I did it!!!
Walked home with a huge smile on my face. I have to say that this was probably the best run I’ve done yet and I’m sure it’s thanks to your support and tips. I couldn’t have done it without you!