I decided to write this blog for me, and for those who are following my progress in the half, my wonderful MFP supporters who will get me through this!!
Ok so I think we're off to a good start.
Day 1 was Wednesday morning - TORRENTIAL rain but I got up, ran the 2.5km to the foot of the hill - by this stage I had given up on trying to jump puddles - I was running right through them! I climbed the hill (which resembled a river with 2 inches of water most of the way up), walked back down and then repeated 3 times, then ran around the back of the hill and back home - around 8km. Even with the rain and walking factored in I ran a normal time which is good news!
Yesterday was day 2 of running - 30 minutes as fast as I could to try and get my pace up. Normally I would run 5km in half an hour - I managed 5.7km and was totally stuffed at the end of it. At the 20 minute mark it was really hard and tempting to think about cutting the run short, but I thought about the people who are counting on me to do this and who are generously sponsoring me, that got me through and I completed the 30 minutes.
I cried at the end of 30 minutes very briefly - I think it was joy that I finished it in the right time at the right pace, and also just as a release that this had been building up for so long!
I walked for 10 minutes, then jogged home for the last 10 minutes. That last jog hurt, so I know I put everything in!
Today I have walking and rowing scheduled for my rest day / cross train day. Then tomorrow I have a short 5km run at normal pace, then a long run scheduled for Tuesday. During next week I also have to attempt fartlek training, which I'm not really excited about, but I did the 30 minute run, how hard can it be?