When I first started C25K, I read over the plan and couldn't quite understand how in week 4, you run for between 3 & 5 minutes, and then on week 5 you're running for twenty minutes. That was such a jump! I wasn't too bothered though, I tend to give these things up after a week or two anyway so I didn't think I'd get to week 5.
Roll forward 5 weeks and last Friday, I was staring week 5 in the face. Run 1 & run 2 were hard work but every minute I was running (and walking, and working — generally every waking minute since) I had been thinking about the third run, the big twenty.
I'm not going to lie, I wasn't optomistic. I kept saying to myself that I'll run for as far as I can, 10 minutes maybe? and then have a little break whilst walking for 2.
But this morning, 5am alarm call. Shoes on, iPod on and out the door I went. First few minutes were tough. Thighs ached, calves felt tight and my feet hurt. But I soon got into the stride.
I run the same route every time so I know where the 3 / 5 & 8 minute marks are from previous runs.
The 3 & 5 minute landmarks passed by, the hill at minute 6 was a killer but I slowed the pace down and completed it. Minute 8 saw me back onto flatter ground whilst 9-13 was on a slight downhill gradient (equally as hard but handy!). Minutes 14-15 where again uphill but only slightly.
By this point, I felt good. Laura told me I had 5 minutes to go. I was in the 'zone', tired but optomistic. Minute 16 was flat but 17 & 18 were again uphill. By this point, I was exhausted. My pace had slowed right down, my thighs ached, I felt knackered.
For a short minute I thought I'd cut the run short at 18 minutes and leave it at that but then I mentally slapped myself and thought 'why run 18 minutes and then not the whole 20'.
I pushed on at a much slower pace (just a bit quicker than walking) but I done it.
I done it, 20 minutes solid running. No breaks, no injuries.
Now, I want to sleep. But instead I'm at my office with at least 8 hours of work to do before it's home time.
So happy, so proud. Week 6, next. I'm the boss round 'ere!