Well, I'm now on to Week 7, Run 2.
Having completed Week 6, Run 3 and Week 7, Run 1, I have been thinking more and more about changing my route now that I'm 'officially a runner' according to Laura. So far I've been doing 3 and a half laps around the nature reserve out the back of us which is on nice flat ground and has been perfect for my needs so far.
I have discovered that mindset is everything and trying to run to time rather than distance is not a good idea. Waiting for Laura to tell me when each 5 minutes is up is demoralising and makes for a long, drawn out and painful run. I found myself willing each 5 minutes to go by and thinking how long can 5 minutes last? At the same time I was feeling knackered, unable to breathe properly and my legs felt like jelly. It was a struggle to complete the run. So, I worked out how far I would run in 10 minutes which gave me just over one lap. All of a sudden I knew I could do this!
By telling myself "It's approximately 3 and a half laps around the nature reserve" and counting each lap down as I go has boosted my mindset and encouraged me to carry on. It takes away the "time" factor.
But the other day I was thinking "this is okay but now it's all running I'm going to get bored and find it tedious."
So, with memory map on my PC, I have planned myself a nice new route that should last me the entire run for the rest of this week without having to do laps. The only 'but' in this is the hill that inevitably comes with a longer route which I am not looking forward to one little bit. I have a choice. A short, steeper hill of about 250 metres or a longer more gentle incline of about 500 metres. I really don't know which one to go for as non of them appeal. Decisions, decisions................!
What would you do? Shorter and steeper or longer and gentle?