Wow, I can’t just ran for 20 minutes straight! So proud of how far I’ve come. The run was actually anticlimactic in the end 😂 I wasn’t dreading the run, just skeptical that I could do it. The previous 8 minute run intervals were tough for my legs - calves in particular. At the the end of each of those intervals, I felt I couldn’t go any longer. If any one is in the same boat and scared as maybe they found the previous run hard, please don’t be! Take a extra rest day between R2-R3 if your legs are really tired. You are definitely ready for it!
A snapshot of my internal monologue during the run:
First 5 minutes - ‘Slow and steady wins the race. My calves are okay. I’m not out of breath. I might actually do this.’
Second 5 minutes - ‘Okay, my calves are a little tired, but I think I can keep going. Hey, I’m still not out of breath so that’s a good sign. I’m nearly at the half way mark.‘
Halfway - ‘Huh, Laura just said I am half way. Did it chime? I don’t remember it chiming. That was quicker than I expected.<takesawhiletosinkin> HOLY MOLY, I reached double figure minutes! Remember when 60s was hard?
Third 5 minutes - ‘oops! Spoke too soon! I’m really feeling it now. My calves are protesting. I don’t think I can do this. Can we stop?! We can try again in a day. Shhh brain, I’ve come too far to stop now! It’s just one foot in front of the other. We can do that.’
Final 5 minutes - ‘MIND OVER MATTER! MIND OVER MATTER! Oh there’s only 2 minutes left? That isn’t so bad, I can do that!’
During recovery walk - That was 20 minutes? I’m not dying. I don’t know what the fuss was about 😂
That 30 minutes seems so much achievable now.
Thanks for reading this far into this rambling post. Happy running everyone! x