Today was week 6, run 3. I thought about putting it off another day, to get that second rest day in, but woke up early and feeling pretty good. Wk 6 R3 is a 25 minute run, with no breaks. It is sort of a reprise of week 5, which has the first 20 minute run of the program. I found week 6 harder than expected, and even didn't quite make the last run for wk 6 r2 two days ago. I wondered if I was still tired from the big jump in week 5.
It appears that "Jupiter aligned with Mars" and all the omens were auspicious today, though, because I had no problem running the full 25 minutes.
In fact, I ran 30 minutes. Yep, 30 minutes at the end of week 6. To be fair, I went veeeerrrrryyyy slowly, and only did a bit more than 3km in the 30 minutes, but this is still a pretty big deal for me. I just felt like I could go on forever. And this is definitely the first time in my entire life I could run for 30 minutes.
Now, I don't expect that every run from now on will be like today. I am still going to follow the program, and not expect to keep running right through the cool-down music unless I feel really inspired. (Yes, I followed it up with a good walk and stretch.) But I admit I am proud of myself. And now I know I can do it, so I won't be afraid. I can just focus on going a little faster.
Some of you already know that I needed a cane to walk just 1.5 years ago. Now, with the physio, dieting, exercise and everything, I can run for miles! I feel like a success story.