I don't know what has happened in the past few days but the temperature has plummeted! From an almost balmy weekend to 4 degrees this morning!
I wasn't prepared for such a drop in temperature, and hadn't purchased my cold weather gear yet (trip to Decathlon tomorrow methinks) so for tonight's W6R3 run, I washed my bright orange t-shirt and wore it over a long sleeved base layer I used for skiing. It worked quite well. Still had the cropped trousers but my legs don't really get cold.
I shot off at a very fast pace - perhaps a combination of my Sunday success and itching to get out all day, so by about 4 minutes in, I really had to slow down and get my breathing under control. If the 25 minute run was split up into thirds, the first third was grand apart from going out too fast, the middle bit was quite tough (but moreso mentally) and the end was good. I felt I had hit my stride and I had the confidence to know I was going to make 25 minutes.
My calves were absolutely aching after W5R3 and they were sore tonight, but not as bad. I told myself to run until I needed to stop, but once Laura told me I was done, my legs just stoppped of their own accord. I felt so happy though - 25 whole, actual minutes without stopping!
After the 5 minute warm down, I was starting to get quite cold, so did more spurts of jogging, walking and running to get me home quicker.
I really love running at night too. Especially in urban areas with loads of side streets - car headlights or lack thereof has helped me to see if it is safe to cross the roads.
Week 7 on Thursday. I might experiment with my own playlist but it'll feel like I'm cheating on Laura!