I woke up this morning with my nose and chest finally clear of the cold which plagued me last week. Friday had seen my first wobble, when I was unable to complete two sets of 8 minutes, so on Sunday I went back to W5R1.
Today there was no avoiding W5R2 and I was quite apprehensive.
I need not have worried though.
I set off gently, concentrating on standing up straight and breathing deeply into my belly, and the first 8 minutes passed fairly comfortably. Unlike the first attempt, I was then able to get my breath back fully before the second 8 minute run. I passed the 4 minute point where I had stopped last time and just knew I could do it. I couldn't keep the deep breathing going and gasped my way through but I found a kick at the end and finished strongly.
What a feeling! For the first time I put the run into RealBuzz and found for both runs I had done just over 1km. That is 8km/h pace or 5km in 37.5 minutes which is much faster than I thought I was going. Overall it has given me a confidence boost which is what I need to tackle the dreaded 20 minute run of W5R3.