Well I was right to be cautious of week 3! 90 seconds of running is one thing but 3 minutes is a whole other matter. The only thing that kept me from staying in bed and forgetting the whole thing was that it's still only 9 minutes of running. I did that 3 times last week with no real problems so as long as I pace myself this should be do-able right? Well kind of.
I wore my new compression socks - man they're TIGHT - this morning to see if that would alleviate some of the left calf niggles I've been having. They really helped so that's one bonus. I started out with my usual 5 minute warm up and felt really good. I breezed through the first 90 seconds without a problem and consciously slowed down for the first of the 3 minute runs. No problem! Out of breath more than I have been but I dont think I've ever run continuously for 3 minutes in my life so that's to be expected. The next 90 second run was ok but as I began the final 3 minute run, I just started to feel tired.
Laura promised to update me on my progress so I was expecting a half time heads up like the first 3 minute run....but she never came back. I was trudging through at this point and wondering where the hell she'd got to when she finally pipes up that there are 60 seconds to go!!!!! 60 seconds?????? Surely I've already done at least 5 minutes and this is some bizzare podcast glitch? But no, another 60 seconds was required so I literally gritted my teeth and carried on. But my legs were like jelly and I was almost going in reverse.
On the plus side I was still running, even if it was almost on the spot!! Thank goodness the cool down is only 3 minutes for this week so I was able to make it home more or less in one piece. I'm not very happy with it but I kept going so I guess it counts. Here's hoping I'm true to form and have a good second run of the week on Tuesday.