Week 7 has been a real rollercoaster so far. The first run of the week was probably the hardest I have done. I felt out of breath and tired the whole time. When Laura told me there was just a minute left and maybe I could find even more, I told her in no uncertain terms that keeping going was the best she was going to get out of me!
Three days later and at the end of what was one of the most horrible days teaching I have ever had I forced myself to run (fearful that if I didn't do it then I might never go back out). It was just beginning to rain and the light was starting to fail and I wondered if I might not make it round. However, I took it steadily and made it round easily. I felt like I was going much more slowly than usual (although it turns out not as slowly as I'd thought), but I didn't feel out of breath and the run was one of, if not, the best yet on many levels. When I got home and felt I had achieved something... which was wonderful after an awful day. Even now, 24 hours later I feel content, relaxed and looking forward to my next run, rather than pent up and worried about my class.
I had hoped that running might help me deal with the challenges of what can be a pretty stressful job and this week it has shown me that it really can make a positive difference. I did it. I ran for 25 minutes. It wasn't fast or glamorous, but I DID it. That has lifted my spirits in a week when I needed a lift.
I am so glad I began this journey right now