I cannot believe it... this morning we completed week 5, run 3!
I have been trying desperately not to think about it all week, deciding I would just deal with it on the day... so we got up extra early today and set out for the warm up walk and then just went for it. I started off going as slowly as I could to conserve energy... the first five minutes were fine, and getting to ten was all right but I had a voice in the back of my head saying "this is only halfway - you've got to do it all again now!". But I plugged on, still forcing myself to go slowly but steadily, and then I reached the 15 min mark and by that point I knew I would never forgive myself for giving up so close to the end!
I could feel a stitch setting in from 15 minutes but I was determined not to stop so I just grabbed hold of my side like a vice, breathed really deeply like a woman giving birth and went for it! I was so happy when we finished, we had a sweaty hug in the street in celebration
Cannot believe I have gone from not running a step to running for twenty minutes in just 5 weeks. Just goes to show what a good programme it is and how quickly you can improve your fitness! The 20 min run was a big psychological barrier for me and has been looming since the beginning of the programme, so even though I am still nervous about the rest of the course, I now know that I can make it, even if it's hard!
A very good day - celebratory dinner with one of my bridesmaids tonight!!