I can proudly report that Week 8, Run 1 is done, but I can't say it was a walk in the park, or even really a run in the stadium! I rested for two days because I might have overstretched by right calf, it was hurting a bit - beware of cold stretches, even on the gentle Stretch and Flex programme - but in the event it wasn't a problem. My legs felt a bit heavy though.
Breathing was heavy today too, and although I got to the end, it was a slog and I felt I was plodding. I don't know if this was the psychological aspect of knowing I had an extra three minutes to go, making this the longest run yet, or just a "bad run", which I am told does happen. I did it though, which is good. I did not feel relaxed but I have got a lot of mental crap going on right now which to be honest would be overwhelming were it not for the great coffee and restaurants here. But I did it, and I will do it again.
Maybe I am expecting it to suddenly become a breeze. It won't yet at least. I was very happy to finish, and apart from the very first runs, I felt this was the hardest going. At 5 degrees, I was maybe overdressed. (two t shirts, light running coat and gloves). Ok, enough moaning. I am still in the game.
I wanted to tell Laura, when she said "it's not about speed, its more about distance", that actually it's really about the amount of time taken. Distance after all is speed related when you have a fixed time to endure. But it's ok. I still love her and trust her!
(Using my bike computer, which may not be 100% exact, one circuit is 0.64 km. So I ran maybe 4.3 km today. Ok, not so bad. Thats an average speed of 10.44 km/h, or 6.5 mph. So I have to get this up to 5 km with an extra two minutes to do it in. Lets see. Thanks for reading, for encouragement and for also keeping going!
Ooh the pic is from last week but it won't have changed much. Note the freezing Baltic pallor....