I had a set back earlier in the week, stopping at 17:30 mins into week 6 run 3. I decided to have a go at an outdoor run yesterday as I fear part of the problem is getting bored of looking at my red, sweaty mug in the gym mirrors for such a long time.
I kind of knew (or maybe convinced myself) that I wouldn't run anywhere near 25 minutes outside. I'd originally intended to do an extra run in the park each week...a week behind the treadmill runs, to get used to it. That plan fell by the wayside as I had holidays and weekends away that put me back a good few runs and I just wanted to power on through them.
Sooo, I went to the park and set off listening to w6r3 yesterday. Without the treadmill to set the speed I think I set off faster than normal, so pulled it right back down to snail-pace. When Laura told me I'd done 5 mins I thought I should've been half way so stopped. In the end I did about the equivalent of a week 4 run. To be honest I was quite pleased with that; my last outdoor run had been a week 2 and though I finished I'd struggled. I think the air situation is a bit different, much colder out and my lungs were a lot more burney, but I reckon I could get used to it. Back to alternate running in/outdoor plan I think...though starting on week 5 outside to help with stamina on those minuscule inclines that nearly floor me.
Meanwhile back in the gym today and I did it...25 minutes of continuous running!!!! Laura said she was proud and I grinned so much...then she said I was a runner, I thought I was going to cry! Wow, when I think back to week one I can't believe how far I've come..which makes the idea of building up again with the outdoor runs seem eminently doable. Can't wait for the next run