The word "Ganas" is Spanish loosely translates to victory, or the drive to win. I am not naturally blessed with large quantities of this attribute. In fact, two days ago, when I tried Week 2, Run 2, I just fell apart for no good reasona at the second interval, and couldn't make myself keep going.
But there is something pretty wonderful about sharing both successes and defeats with a group. Ganas is contagious. Hope can be shared. And your cheers and good advice helped me identify new strategies and perspectives, so that I could try again with a better chance of success.
Today, I had to go out without my partner (scheduling conflict). It was pissing down rain. I was afraid of failing again. All in all, a less-than-auspicious start to my run.
I took some of your brilliant advice, and walked (rather than ran) up the big first hill as an extended warm-up. I jogged veeerrrrry slooowly during the running parts. And I made it! All by myself, out in the rain. By the last interval, I had a huge grin on my face.
Even better, I found that I hurt a lot less than usual. That when it was time to stop running and walk again, I wasn't dying. A little tired perhaps, but if I had to I could have run a bit more. I feel much more confident about progressing, although I may do one more week 2, run 4, since run 2 was such a disaster. Week 3 should be totally do-able.
Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to keep trying. You guys are great!