Well I've been struggling to find the motivation to carry on running lately. I suppose it's a mixture of cold, dark, rainy weather and feeling like I have a million things to do for Christmas. So I've only been fitting in one run a week. Week 7 also became my nemesis - I repeated a couple of week 7 runs but as a result I was starting to get really bored. I went out again last week intending to repeat a week 7 run but suddenly realised that 28 minutes is not a big deal! So I ended up doing W8R1.
It wasn't easy but then I guess it's not supposed to be! I was immensely proud of myself. And using Endomondo showed me that I can do 4.2k in 28 minutes. Well on the way to 5k in 30 minutes! I was totally shocked. I always intended to just be able to run for 30 minutes - the actual distance didn't concern me too much. So I always assumed that I was really slow and that 5k would probably take me much longer than most people - I had 40-45 minutes in my head. So to realise how close I am to actually doing it in 30 minutes is amazing! This is the biggest sporting achievement of my life!
I went out again last night and did W8R2. Much harder - I think I was totally out of fuel having not eaten very much yesterday. And I developed cramp in my left calf (the only place to ever cause me trouble - must be my weakest point!) after only a couple of minutes which hurt like hell, but I made myself carry on and it did ease off a bit after a while. So ultimately that means there's only 4 runs left until I complete the program. Never thought I'd say that! I'm also quite scared of finishing - what do I do next? I've heard a few things mentioned like Stepping Stones etc but I don't really know what they're for or what they involve.