Here we are at the start of week 2. Last time I did the C25K, this was the week where the excuses started - so determined to not let that happen again.
It's been forecast a week of bad rain - so last night when I got home from work I transferred the child into my husbands loving arms, got my gear on and went for it.
I normally run early on a morning (hence avoiding anyone I know) but on an evening, the dog walkers are out in force... but I kept my head down and tried to concentrate on my pace. I was surprised at how easy the first and second 90 second run was, but when I hit the third one my pace slowed significantly and the panting started. I concentrated on my breathing (as Laura told me to) and that got me through that. The next few runs weren't pleasant - barely at a jogging pace - but I kept going. I run the same route and realised I had run/walked, much further than I normally do and so the 5 minute cooldown was a little longer than usual. I felt optimistic when I had finished that I could complete this week.
I've waited 2 days before running again because of the aforementioned rain. However there seemed to be a let up so with the child safely ensconced in pre-school I headed off. And then the heavens open - and boy did they open. It did cross my mind to head back (I was halfway through the 5 min warm up) but though - lets see how far I can go. I can hand on heart say that this run was much easier. Not sure why - was it because dodging puddles took my mind off it - or because my glasses were so steamed up I couldn't see (!) but when I got to the 5 min cooldown I kept on running for another 90 secs. I walked until I got round the corner from my street and sprinted home and felt bloody good! I was drenched but so so happy and feel absolutely fine one very long hot shower later. Bring it on Day 3!
Again I took 2 days off before running again as I had my sister come to stay (excuses excuses!). I think I went at a slower pace today - but I managed all the runs without getting excessively tired. Again I ran a bit longer after the last 90 sec stretch - not long but until I was puffed. Roll on Week 3 and starting to run for longer periods of time!