Ever since Week 3 I have been feeling like I could keep going after the final run. The first run exhausts me, even though it is the shortest. I am grateful to be able to stop. I recover in time for the second, longer run, but it tires me out enough I'm happy to stop after that too.
But something happens for the final run, I don't know if I'm just not fully warmed up until then, but I feel like I can keep going. For the past few sessions I would run 30 seconds longer, just to prove to myself I could. This time, though, I finished the 5 minutes and then ran right to the end of the 5 minute 'cool down' period in Robert Ullrey's podcasts that I've been using. That is 10 minutes in total, and if the podcast hadn't stopped I don't think I would have. I felt no different at the end of 10 minutes than I had at the end of 5 minutes.
Has anyone else experienced this? I started this program at a sensible weight but otherwise pretty much as unfit as one can be, so I'm skeptical. Maybe it's just the new, almost perfectly flat route I have at my new house, or my new running shorts. After all, I struggled with 90 seconds just a couple of weeks ago. I've also been going pretty slowly throughout the whole program.
But I like to think that perhaps I'm becoming a runner...?