Like most others on here, when I started this program back in January I couldn't run at all & the idea of running as a hobby - & especially enjoying it! - was both hilarious & ridiculous. The 60 secs runs were killers & I couldn't ever imagine getting to 30 mins in my wildest dreams.
I hadn't exercised for many years & have 2 small children, from which my body's never quite recovered. Each week has been hard but I've pushed myself & done it. I've never had to stop & walk or cut a run short. I've had total faith in Laura & the program. At wk 4 I had a 3wk break with flu. I didn't know whether to go back a few wks to repeat but my oh kept going on about muscle memory & assured me I'd be ok. So instead I went back to where I left off...& did it! Then at wk 6 the flu returned (thanks kids!) & I had another 2wk break, again returning to where I'd last finished. I realised it was all mind over matter for me.
By wk 7 I happily sailed through running 25mins (well, 'sailed thru' might be an exaageration!) & thinking how easy it would now be to get to 28mins & then 30mins. Wks 8 & 9 were just a formality surely? I always find the first 10 mins the hardest & think I'm going to collapse & can't carry on, but then it somehow gets easier. But then I started wk8 & for the first time ever I had to stop after 5mins & walk for a minute. I also then started to notice how annoyingly rubbish the music was becoming. Wk8r2 was the same, I got to 15mins & had to walk for 2mins, then carried on to do 4k in 29:38. This time I'd not used Laura after the first 5 mins & was using my own music, with the runkeeper app telling me how far I had gone.
I'm planning on going out for wk8r3 tonight but dreading it. I'm worried that my mind has programmed itself to stop & I've got a mental block with 28mins. I can't believe this is happening so close to the finish line. Has anyone else experienced the same ?