Up until today, I've been quietly proud of the fact that I'd completed every single damn run of the C25K programme - that's 20 separate running sessions, Blimey! I made hard work of W7R2 on Friday (screwing up the podcast and running an extra few minutes on top of my 25) but was keen to do the 3rd run of the week, and the sun was shining, and the kids were tucking into their Easter eggs, so off I went.
It was absolute torture. The first 5 minutes were horrid; everything hurt and I was clearly still quite tired and stiff from Friday's run. I persevered, hoping I'd settle down and find my rhythm. But I didn't, it just got worse (why? I've now run 25 minutes 3 times already!) and so I STOPPED. For the first time ever, I did not complete a run.
I stopped because I just couldn't carry on, everything hurt, I was out of breath and out of energy. It was unpleasant and painful and everything that the C25K programme has NOT been up to that moment. It's not meant to be like that, every other run has had its moments, but ultimately has been rewarding and achievable.
Any words of advice gratefully received, particularly from anyone who's struggled with this stage of the programme and has any tactics for pushing through to the end!