Having completed the Race for Life on Sunday I decided that I could definitely run for 28 minutes this morning. I headed for the rec (how nice not to be stuck behind other people!), and got about half way round by the end of my 5 minute warm-up walk. I set out at a reasonable pace and realised that my legs felt really quite stiff and heavy. I hoped that they would either get less so, or that I would get into enough of a rhythm that I could carry on regardless. And that (the latter) is more or less what happened. I actually found myself enjoying some of the run!
When Laura told me that I was half-way I was feeling a little bit tired but told myself I would be running for 7½ minutes less than I ran on Sunday and I kept going. With 5 minutes to go, Laura told me I should be tired. Tick! With 1 minute to go I, nevertheless, dug in and went a little bit faster. I was just shy of 9 times round the rec, so I did about 4K. Not too shabby, I reckon.
One more 28 minute run (it's OK to count my 35½ minute 5K as run 1 of this week, isn't it?) and then I'm on to my final week. At this rate, I should graduate next Wednesday.
When I first started this programme I would count off each run with "run no. n completed. Only (27-n) runs to go until I achieve my goal" and n was quite small and (27-n) seemed quite big. But today n=23 and I have only 4 more runs to go until I achieve my goal. It's amazing how far I've come in a relatively short time.