Week 7 (15m run/2m walk)
A fairly scary jump in the running interval… Again, I just had to focus on lasting the run intervals, stuff the speed, I have time for that later. I was sort of surprised that I survived it, and incredibly proud that I had come so far. Only a few weeks before, I was struggling with 1min of running, now I was lasting 15!!! I suddenly realised that it was working, I was getting there, putting in the work was getting me the results.
I also found some exciting motivation when I stumbled across tv coverage of a triathlon. There was something really inspiring about seeing people going so damn strong, but still struggling. It even made me wonder what kind of athlete I’ll find within myself in the next months/years – maybe I have natural talent that’s been stifled by too much food. I have no idea how much potential I have – and I’m pretty excited to find out what I have and how far I can push it.
I know it sounds kind of grandiose, but I’ve already accomplished more than I thought I was capable of, and it just makes me feel so powerful, capable of pretty much anything, so long as I just keep chipping away at it :)
Week 8 (20m run/2m walk)
Another scary set of intervals… I did find that I struggled a bit this week – I just felt so tired and kept wanting to stop and take a break It took a lot of pushing to finish the intervals, but I was so proud when I did. I got particularly excited when I realised that was running more than half of the 5k before my walking break was due. I WAS MORE THAN HALF WAY!!!
I was actually running over 1.5 miles at a time, that’s a real distance, nothing to be sniffed at. I was confident that few non-runners would be able to do that. I may not be competing in London this summer, but I’m still an athlete in training. My body is fitter, going faster and further than it ever has before.
It was another extended week, though. It was really tiring, and I struggled to make it out on schedule. I had times when I thought I just couldn’t do it, but knew that I had come too far to let things slip. Again, I decided to add some more W8 runs to get me back in shape and ready to tackle week 9. 16 months ago