Thanks C25k! I have been a bit down after the high of 5:3. It was such a great feeling to nail 20 minutes and then to struggle so much with the shorter intervals was hard. I try to run slower but it doesn’t feel easier, weirdly. I think the breathing is slightly better but it’s offset by a feeling of not running naturally. I am hoping as the weeks and months pass I will find my pace.
I think I am finally getting to grips with the ‘threshold of uncomfortableness’ that running takes me (everyone?) to. I think I imagined that those runners making it look effortless weren’t feeling much effort... but maybe it’s a combination of not only better fitness but also a greater tolerance for/acceptance of being uncomfortable! 😝
My son was at athletics club tonight so I had an hour to spare with a 400m track (453m in lane 8!). I think I’m going to change my routine so I can run on the track once a week - I really, really enjoyed it tonight and last time I did it. It’s strange as I love the natural and wild outdoors, but there is something very relaxing, almost hypnotic, about a smooth, flat track stretching ahead of you, with no cattle grids/gates/sheep to navigate.
It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as hard as the last two runs, either. The toughest moments were again towards the end of that toxic 10. I was expecting Michael to chip in with a ‘you have been running for 10 minutes’ but he waited until the halfway point of 12.5 minutes to say hello. Michael!!!
It’s such a magical feeling when you know you are ok, you are going to make it. I didn’t have enough in my legs for a sprint finish, but it didn’t stop my grin when Michael told me I was runner.
I ran for 4k today. So proud.
Keep... on... running 😊