After a really stressful day at work today and arriving home for it to start raining I almost postponed this run but instead I got my running gear on, started up my podcast and away I went!
When Laura said it was time to start running I actually had a little sob to myself as the thought of running for 20 whole minutes really scared me so much. 5 minutes in and I was going strong, 10 minutes in and I started heading up hill (normally I walk the hill as I plan my routes to hit that point during a walk), slow down, short steps keep going! Get to the top and think 'holy f***', down the other side and I feel amazing. At the 15 minute point I think to myself 'everyone was right, this plan has prepared me for today', I kept it slow and steady, breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth... 2 mins to go and I start crying again with the joy and amazement that I am actually going to do this. 5 minute walk and I get back home feeling prouder of myself than I have ever done before.
I have now stretched out and rehydrated and I am still smiling so BIG.
Looking forward to the walking intervals that week 6 will bring back as I now feel as though I am emotionally drained and need to go back to doing sessions that don't terrify me!