Yay, I finished week 6 today and I am sooo happy! From now on I will allow myself to say that "yes, I've started running" if anyone happens to see me in my running gear. I think this was the run I dreaded the most, because it would kind of prove if I was really serious about the whole thing. And it seems that I am.
Hopefully, this will also make it easier to deal with the fact that I often need more than one rest day. Until now, I was always afraid that taking an extra rest day would eventually lead to not running at all. But now that I know I can run for 25 minutes, it will be much easier to let my body decide if an extra rest day is necessary. It will just be part of the training. Because, you know, I'm a runner now. 😉
Nevertheless, when I run it's still with the same kind of amazement and disbelief I had on W1, R1. Actually, the feeling of "I can't believe I'm really doing this, but I am" is an essential part of my running joy.
Today, for example, there were several other runners on my route ("other runners" - isn't it just great to be able to say that! 😃) that obviously went at a much faster pace than me. I didn't mind at all. I just thought something like "Look, they are running much faster. But that is nothing compared to the fact that - I am running!"
Happy running everybody!