8 days ago, I ran successfully, but with great difficulty, the two lots of 8 minutes required of week 5 run 2. The temperatures then plummeted and my asthmatic lungs protested loudly (like a squeaky barn door in a gale) and refused to perform the function for which evolution has honed them.
So today, with the temperature 8 degrees above freezing and therefore 10 degrees above what it was last time I tried to run, I set off with hope in my rapidly beating heart. After just over a kilometer of gradual incline (with a nasty little hill thrown in at the end) I reached the highest point of my route. My lungs, which have still not quite forgiven me for being unreasonable in the cold temperatures (at least that's their opinion), started to celebrate as the incline became a decline.
Then, fate hit me again. For the third time, I strained my calf muscle. The same calf muscle. I had to call my partner to rescue me as it was too painful to face the 2k walk home. I know what you're all going to say; Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. I am. The first time it went, I rested it for about 2 weeks. The second time, 6 weeks. Since starting the programme from the beginning again 5 weeks ago it's been fine. I'm fed up of it. I want a new one. Do they sell them at Sports Direct??