I barely completed Run 2 of Week 5 last night. I waited later to run than I normally due because of family commitments. So, when I set out, it was dusk and the darkness soon followed. Typically, I enjoy running at night because it's a bit cooler than the daytime. It's still quite warm in Texas with highs expected today in the upper 90's. Evenings aren't much cooler, but any amount of cooling-off is a good thing in my book.
I was sort of excited about W5R2 since I quite enjoyed the 5 minute runs from W5R1. However, when I started out, I realized it was going to be a difficult run. I was physically and mentally tired from the get go. But, I soldiered on through the 5 minute warm-up and the first half of the first 8 minute run. About 2/3 of the way through my first 8 minute run, I stepped off the side of the road where there was no curb, twisted my ankle, and fell down into the street. My palms bore the brunt of the fall and I was able to get up and keep running (after looking around to make sure nobody I knew had seen my less than graceful fall). I finished the first 8 minute run and was quite ready for my 5 minute walk. I used the 5 minute walk to reorient myself, catch my breath, and mentally prepare for the next 8 minutes, though my ankle was still a bit sore from the fall.
I finished the final 8 minute run, though I suspect I ran quite a bit slower than my first 8 minutes. But, finishing at this stage is more important to me than speed. Today, I've noticed that my ankle is a bit tender, but I'm hoping I can run on it tomorrow. It's the weekend, so I was hoping to tackle the 20 minute run from W5R3 at the local park tomorrow morning. If my ankle is still sore tomorrow, I'll rest another day and run on Sunday.
I'm still intimidated by the enormity of a 20 minute run, in light of how difficult the 5 and 8 minute runs have been for me. But, just a few short weeks ago, I could barely run for a minute. So, I'm going to set my mind to believing. I will do my absolute best to complete the 20 minute run this weekend. Stay tuned!