Aaaarrrrgh! I am so annoyed and frustrated with myself - completely failed on this run this morning.
I found week 3 hard but doable and was nervous about starting w4 on Tuesday but "had faith in the the plan" and gave week 4r1 a go. I got to the end, although did actually cry twice, real tears and everything!! Once during the last 5 minute spurt as my legs hurt so much and I was just about to stop when Laura chipped in telling me there was only one minute left, so I found the courage to push through it - good old Laura! Then when she announced at the end that I now run more than I walk during a session, I blubbed again, despite the leg pain. It was a hard old session.
But off I trotted again today. Usually go in the evening, so I was pleased to see that park was deserted, bar a dog walker and a man on a ride-on mower. Warm up walk - check. First 3 minute run - check - I actually had a big grin on my face that I hadn't had since week one when I realised "look at me, I am running!!".
Five minute run - hmmmm check, but had to really push to the end as knees started to hurt. Next three minute run......ouch ouch ouch! The outside of my knees, outside of my legs and my ankles were burning so much that I really couldn't run again after that and had to walk through the firey pain. I tried to run for the last minute of the three, and just about did it but it burned, and then the walking after it hurt - so I had to make the decision to simply walk for the remainder of the podcast when I should have been running. Absolutely gutted, annoyed and peed off with myself that my heavy body was causing this grief. Several thoughts went through my head such as "oh well, I knew I wouldn't be able to do it"....and "I guess five minutes running is my limit".......
But after a short drive home my legs feel fine. Which is making me even more annoyed! I don't want to give up here.....I want to be able to be amazed by myself when I can run for a continuous 30 minutes.
So, lovely people, advice for moving forward please?
I'm thinking continue with the w4 podcast....do the first 3 and five minute runs as I seem to have got through those both times already, and then gradually increase my running during the following 3 minute burst & walk the remainder of the podcast. Once that's achieved work up to running the last five minutes as much as I can do at a time, until i can do that successfully too? Is this the best way to tackle it?
It's going to be a verrrrry long week 4 I think!