Don’t be. Just adopt an “I can do this” attitude and go at a slightly slower pace than normal.
I set out yesterday facing a harsh north wind, with a niggling thought that I’d done myself some injury during my W5R2 a couple of days earlier (strange pains in my left thigh… though muscles working fine). That ensured I went slowly. Up and down I went (my route is an undulating one) listening carefully to Laura, my own breathing and the music.
Had found my pace after about 5 minutes. My mind started to drift… thinking back over the past 5 weeks and each new challenge. It really is mind over matter at this point. Looking back, I think the hardest run was actually W1R1. Just getting off the couch and out the door was the hardest challenge. Followed closely by getting my breathing under control and not giving in while running those first few 60 seconds (not to mention getting seen by the neighbours, especially on the way back, huffing and puffing and with a face like a beetroot). Seems a lifetime ago now.
Anyway, the 20 minutes ended just as I was coming round to the last stretch, along the main road leading into town. Since ours is a very small town and most people know each other by sight, if not personally, word has now got around that I’m running… Meaning that I feel that I must be seen to be running, so I continued running until I got to the bottom of the steep steps back up to the old town centre. Even managed a final 10 sec sprint (well sort of). Another 3 minutes’ running for a grand total of 23 minutes!!!
So, anyone reading the entries in this c25k blog before attempting W5R3 should not worry too much about the 20 minutes thing. Yes, it is a milestone, but the interval training over weeks 1-5 has prepared us for it. It is indeed more psychological than physical. Just have confidence in your ability and pace yourself.
Read the W5R3 blogs posted AFTER the event for inspiration and encouragement and use those posted immediately BEFORE (and especially the comments to these) to help psych yourself up.
On to W6R1 tomorrow. But first, I’m going to start the NHS Strength&Flex this evening. DeliaItaly, Platypus23 and piggyland1 are you still on for it? I’ll be blogging directly on the S&F blog.