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This looked like being the scariest week of all. While previous weeks had consisted of the same workout, repeated 3 times over the week, week 5 had three different workouts, culminating in a 20 minute non-stop run. Given that the week started with no run longer than 5 minutes, this seemed like a huge and very sudden increase in difficulty.

Run one was on Saturday. We were at a do on the mainland on Friday night, and had intended to spend the day doing something touristy over there (probably the zoo, since that's where we were staying), but the weather didn't look promising so we headed home. (Naturally, the weather turned lovely as soon as we were on the ferry.) Pellinor had to head back to the mainland in the late afternoon, so we did our run in the morning, before lunch. It was 3 5 minute stretches of running. While I didn't find them TOO hard, I was relieved when each one finished. The first half of each run was the worst, when it seemed as if I'd run for ages but the voice in my ear STILL hadn't announced the half way point. With every step, I hoped for that announcement - although once it came, the second half of each run was a lot easier. I ended not at all hopeful about my ability to run 20 minutes in 6 days' time.

Tuesday night was 2 8 minute stretches of running, and I found it a lot easier than the 3 5 minute stretches. Maybe some additional fitness had developed in the intervening days. Maybe it was about attitude, since I knew that the halfway announcement would be a long while in coming, so stopped worrying about it. Maybe, also, I was just not at my best on the Saturday. I'd had a late night the night before, and had slept very badly. I'd also spent a long time dancing very energetically, and although the stiffness hadn't yet developed, it would develop later in the day, showing that at the time of the run, my leg muscles had already been weary. I ended up a lot more hopeful about the 20 minute run, and actually eager to do it, to see if I could.

Last night we did the 20 minute run, and it was absolutely fine. We chatted throughout. I had no aches and pains, and only a small amount of stitch, which soon went. I was breathing faster than I would when walking, but wasn't struggling for breath. When the end was called, I felt that I could happily have carried on for quite a bit longer. We worked out afterwards that we'd run for 1.83 miles in that 20 minutes, so we were keeping it pretty slow, but more speed can come later. I actually really quite enjoyed it, and am eager for more.

Date: 2017-02-11 07:20 pm (UTC)
ext_24338: (Horse Foal)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so glad you were fine with the 20 minute run! You're doing really well! :)

Date: 2017-02-11 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am no end impressed. Go you!

Date: 2017-02-12 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
NB. Two parks both equidistant from our house roughly "5 minute warm up walk" away. I'll be happy to point you in their direction next weekend (or possibly even come with you).

There are also 5k timed runs in both of them over the weekend and a 2k timed run in one on Sunday if you are at all interested in that sort of thing (though you will need to sign up for Sunday runs a few days in advance if you want to get an actual time - you also need to sign up for the Saturday one in advance for a time but in that case you can do it about 15 minutes in advance rather than a few days in advance).

Date: 2017-02-12 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! We're aiming to do our Friday run on Thursday instead, so we only need to find time for one run while we're away from home, which could be on either Saturday or Sunday. I don't want to do a timed run at this point - that can come later, once we've got to the end of the 9 weeks - so would rather go at a time that avoided the running hordes.

Date: 2017-02-13 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm fairly sure at least one park should be horde free at any given time so I can probably point you in a suitable direction at whatever moment you feel like running.


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