I have now finished week 6. I use the term "finished" lightly here, because it wasn't easy and the last run was particularly difficult. At points along the way during the last run, I slowed to almost a walk so I could catch my breath for a second. But, I "ran" through the finish and did feel a sense of accomplishment (no matter how fleeting). I am disappointed, though, that I can't run the entire 25 minutes. I don't feel like a proper runner, regardless of what Laura said.
I've also been battling some soreness and tigthness. I first noticed the tightness in my groin after W5R3. I put an extra day of rest between the runs in week 6. That seemed to help, but I still have some soreness/tightness in my groin region. Stretching before the last run seemed to help, but the pain has not gone away completely. I've also noticed some stiffness in my ankle and pain in the shins. I'm having trouble determining if these are signs of a real injury or mere soreness from the increased activity.
I am determined to push forward as I don't want to lose momentum and want to be prepared to run in my friend's charity 5k run at the end of October. I will rest an extra day or two this week before I run W7R1. Hopefully, the soreness will subside and I cant get on track with the runs with a day of rest between each.
I know I've come along way from the first run of week 1, but really wish I felt better about my performance at this stage.