Wow, week four already! It was already getting hot as I woke up, so I worried a bit about setting out. I was also a little concerned that I'd had two rest days as I've just returned from a weekend in lovely Cornwall. Luckily, neither of those things had much of an impact.
On this run, the first part was definitely harder than the second. My legs started to hurt through the first three minute run and I had to keep breathing really heavily so as not to get a stitch. Luckily, I powered through the first five minute run although I was going pretty slowly. Once I got closer to the end, things started to click into place. During the last five minute run, I tried to imagine I was at the end of a race and only had a little way to go. It really helped.
I've been trying to monitor my progress in terms of fitness - I certainly feel better for going for a run, and I sleep better too. I've also developed some impressive thigh muscles. I don't monitor my weight (never have!), but I don't think I've lost any yet. My body feels the same as ever and I haven't changed my diet. I don't eat unhealthily, but I can't resist the occasional chocolate bar or packet of crisps (salt n vinegar is my kryptonite). I learned to cook within the last year, so it's easier than ever for me to get my five a day. I feel weird if I go a whole day without eating any fruit or vegetables now, whereas I used to exist on pizzas and microwave meals.
Still, I'm looking forward to being able to run for longer and longer as the weeks go by. I'm already planning out what I'll do when I go on holiday next month - I'm off to Belfast for five days - but I'm sure I'll still be able to fit the runs in.
Hope everybody else is doing OK and thank you for the comments on the last post - getting comments on these blogs is like having a welcoming party at the end of every run, it makes you feel a lot better for your work.