Well, I'm back from (even) colder climes and successfully did Week 8 runs 1 and 2 on a treadmill. I was so proud of myself I even turned the speed UP a little for run 2 and thought I could have kept going another couple of minutes- not that I did though, being basically slothful at heart So now I'm back home and thought I'd do run 3 this morning as it wasn't raining.... big mistake. There are any number of reasons/excuses: not enough rest (more than 24 hours but way less than 48), new Aldi jacket too hot, leaves on the pavement - but ultimately I think it was the new route I'd planned out that got me. Just *too* hilly!
Ironically I got to the very top (which was exactly when Laura said 14 minutes/halfway done) but then I just STOPPED. I couldn't say if it was legs or lungs or both but my body was not willing to run any more. I did manage to walk home (all downhill along the planned route) reasonably briskly but I'm well fed up (other words are available) about failing this one- it's the first one I've totally messed up apart from my initial attempt at week1 run1!
So what now? Thoughts of "shall I do stamina or stepping stones next" have been replaced by "why did I ever think I could do this running thing in the first place" - but now, a coffee and a shower later I'm thinking that I'll give it another try, probably Saturday or Sunday. Does anyone know if failing one run means I have to repeat the whole week or can I go onto week 9 if I nail W8r3 on a second attempt? I'm hoping that if the next one goes OK I'll try week9 next.
I know everyone has bumps in the road - just got to get over this one and find my way back onto the program.