So I posted on Thursday evening that I'd done 30 mins in week 7 as I got ready for the Sport Relief (3) Mile tomorrow. So surprised and excited, and many thanks to those who offered their congratulations.
This morning I went out to do an 'easy' 25 minute run and I have to say it was the hardest since I started. Legs tired after only 1/4 mile and, sad to say, I let the chimp on my shoulder get the better of me. 20 mins in, I stopped for a wee walk. First time I've given in. However, it was only for one minute, then got going again and saw it through to 28 mins (I was running the week 8 podcast). Funnily, I could have kept going ... but hey, I need to save something for tomorrow.
So I'm now wondering if forcing the peak at week 7 was actually the smartest thing to do? And, if instead I had stuck to the programme schedule, would I have avoided today's hiccup? And would I now be looking forward eagerly to tomorrow's run, rather than worrying about failing in front of my family. They've been bored stiff with my enthusiasm and I can't dissapoint them or myself.
My solution? After counting calories for 10 weeks and pounding the streets for 7, I've made a deal with myself. Run to the end and I get my first fish & chips since before Christmas! Either it will work or I'll be salivating so much I'll trip over my tongue ...