Well back running again after over a week's rest due to an ankle injury. 2 minutes into my previous attempt my left ankle just gave up and could barely walk let alone run.
Today, rather than going back a level, I thought I would try for the 6r3 again. I bought an ankle support in the week and visited my doctor. He was really excellent and suggested that I was running too much on my heel. This is one part of the programme that maybe should be changed as I distinctly remember the advice to land on the heals from Laura.
Anyway, armed with my ankle support, podcast and a will to succeed, I started my treadmill at 6.4 km/hr for the walk. All felt good and once instructed to run, my ankle felt OK enough to speed up to my normal 9.6.
10 minutes gone with no issues!
15 minutes - can I stop yet?
20 minutes - did someone remove my lungs?
OMG it was hard from then. I was concentrating on landing on the front of my feet and avoiding my heels. This seemed even harder than the last long run, but eventually Laura said I could walk again. Oh, the joy of it! I had knocked this one into touch and my ankle was still OK.
Stats: 5.2km run and walked and a max heart rate 174 (well into the red on my polar chart).
Feel really tired now, but content. Even my wife and son congratulated me this time (a major first from my wife) and looking forward to the next one.