Well that was a surprise After Thursdays rough run (28 minutes, but had to stop twice and walk for a bit), I didn't hold out much hope for todays run which is W8R2.
My hip is still giving me pain, but bizarrely the pain dissapears when I'm running but my 5minute warm up walk was tough this morning as it's also uphill. But I started running none-the-less.
Took me a few minutes to get into my stride and for my body to stop panicing (it likes to do that at the start of each run) but I was off.
I got to the point in the run where my back really started hurting on my last run, fully expecting it to rear its head again this time, but it didn't which surprised me! Kept on running.
I started feeling tired, and then RunKeeper told me through my headphones that I'd hit 20 minutes. 20 minutes? oh maan, still a way to go.
Pushed on, and got to the 25minute mark, distance was at around 3.8km. Thought about stopping at this point as it was getting tough but decided against it. I'm on week 8 and should at least attempt 28 minutes. Besides, I only needed to run another 3 minutes to get to that point and most of my favourite music tracks are 5minutes +. So I carried on going. Got to 28 minutes and realised I still had a little energy so decided to run for 30 minutes, after all, that is only next week on the plan!
Got to 30 minutes under duress, checked my distance and I'd covered 4.6km. I wasn't going to run for 30 minutes and then miss my 5k target by 400m so I went for it (albeit up hill so not very quickly) but the elation I felt when RunKeeper announced I'd hit 5km in 32minutes 49s.
So so so happy, proud and almost tearful! To think 7 weeks ago, I couldn't even run for a minute. I struggled to run 200m, and now I'm doing 5km!
This forum & community (along with the plan) is absolutely fantastic. So much enthusiasm and motivation to help keep pushing everyone! I don't think I'd have managed it without reading the motivational stories on this forum!
Thank you all
A happy Anthony