On Wednesday I redid week4 run 1 ( had a break due to a hol so went back to week 3 to get myself back into the swing of things)
I have done a few of my recent runs at my gym as they have an indoor running track and I get to relax in the hydrotherapy pool afterwards ( an added bonus is its a completely flat route!) anyway, what I discovered on week 3 was that it takes me 90 seconds to run a complete circuit which is 200 m and when I walk it I'm only about 10 metres behind, which means that I am running not much faster than I walk (I'd like to say I walk very fast but sadly that would be dillusional)
The thing I like most about this is that I know exactly how far I need to run before Laura says I can walk again.... It gives me a goal to keep me going when I'm struggling ( and boy do I struggle!) so imagine my surprise and relief on week 4 when I've done 2 3/4s of the 5 minute run and Laura says Its time to walk, I've achieved the impossible, I've run even slower! I always thought that it was impossible to run slower than I do without actually stopping but it seems not! Anyway I was very pleased to have completed the run even though it was tough.
So, full of confidence I decided to do run 2 outside last night, OMG! It was so hard after the first 3 minutes I said to my son, I don't think I'm going to be able to do this, he kept giving me half bemused, half concerned looks, but we plodded on (or should I say shuffle which is a great description of my runs adopted from here!) it really wasn't helped that the park was full of teenagers getting drunk and looking menacing ( although to be fair when I attempted to smile at them as I shuffled past they mostly smiled back) a lady dog walker actually told me well done and that she admired my enthusiasm!
But, somehow I pulled through and completed the run, it was so hard though, I remember reading a blog a couple of weeks ago where someone said they felt like just staying at week 3, got to say I'm with her there, you have to love week 3, it's hard without actually feeling like its going to kill you..... Tempting!!!!!!