My alarm went off at 5:40 this morning and the challange was to get out of bed without waking Mrs Bean and the Beansters.
Down stairs and changed, out by 6, yes I faff so what, todays a big day 20 minutes run. Set the GPS going and put in my headphones and away we go.
I choose a harder run for today, I know it's a big challange run 3, so why do I go and make it harder, well I have an endurance race on the 17th March called "the major series" (http://www.majorseries.com/) so I couldn't pussy foot around.
Warm up walk went ok, missed the old lady walking her dog in her nightie, Barbour jacket and Hunters - yes I live in the country.
Then the 20 minutes started. I have done the route before and I know the start of the route can be done in the first 3 minute run, 90 second walk and 5 minute run of week 4. I got to the top of my killer hill and Laura goes and makes me feel great by announcing that I had done 5 minutes. - Winner.
The rest was easy, I have a flat and a down hill then a gradual slow uphill killer stretch.
All assisted by Laura and the music. I only used my inhailer once, so thats a result. Finished the run and felt amazin'. Considering that I was doing nothing before the programme to running for 20 minutes is pretty great. Roll on week 6 with a 22 minute run.
I feel inspired and already planning some off road routes.
I know that a post like this does not help you guys who have faltered and are finding it really difficult, but honestly you can do it, it's just a case of doing a Kriss Kezie Uche Chukwu Duru Akabusi, he did a rubbish advert about 20 years ago about positive mental attitude for a breakfast cereal or something. But this run really is in the mind and is you against yourself.
You've already covered the distance, and you've already run for 16 minutes, whats 4 minutes more?
For those interested in mapping your run, I use a Blackberry Curve 9300 with GPS, I use a free downloaded App called Blackstar Navigation, I export my track as a KML and map onto Google, here are my tracks to date - g.co/maps/uk33h