Yesterday, I did wk6r2 and it was ridiculously hard for me.
I decided to have a change and do my route in the opposite direction, which meant slightly more uphill at the beginning. The first 10 minutes was ok, then relief of 3 mins walking. The second 10 mins was absolute torture. I think in retrospect the uphill decision was not a good one!
I did manage to keep going, though really I wanted to give in and just lay on the floor at first! I knew that if I did that I would regret it later and the 10 mins I had run already would not count in my mind if I didn't complete the second 10 mins. The rational part of me knows that makes no sense, but the determined, competitive part of me that keeps me going would not hear of it..!
I did complete the 10 mins, with a lot of mental coaching of myself, and made it home too. It was pure determination that got me through, I was exhausted. My calves hated me, and the cool down walk was achy at first, but improved as I went along.
I'm thinking I might do that one again. The thought of running for 25 minutes tomorrow seems a little too much of a challenge. So, Wk6 R2 again, lets do it better!
Do I go the usual way and avoid the uphill start, then call myself a coward, wondering if I can avoid hills for the rest of my running life? Or do I go one of my other routes which has minimal uphill, apart from the 5 minute cool down at the end. (Curse living at the top of a hill...!!)