The jump in week 4 has got me worried, to go form 9 mins to 16 mins seems like a crazy jump. I was seriously considering re-running week 3 but I’m going to put my faith in the program and give it a go.
I was so worried about it, I squeezed in another run in the hope it might help next week. Changed the venue to the more public local park, now I have some confidence and I’m fairly sure I won’t embarrass myself too much. It’s a glorious sunny Saturday morning, just dog walkers and other newbie runners, neither of which care about my antics.
I’m learning the hard way (which is the only way) Muhammad Ali’s famous (abridged) quote:
I only start counting when it starts hurting
because they’re the only ones that count
Luckily it starts hurting fairly quickly so at least I have that going for me, straight to work.
It was my first time running on concrete as opposed to grass. It was obviously harder underfoot but I’m not having to wade through grass so it all balances out. My feet always hurt (especially half way) so it doesn’t really matter, the change in terrain didn’t make any difference.
As per the previous run, I’m only starting to struggle in the last 20 seconds of each of the 3 minute runs. Recovery is really good typically within in a minute. I’m confident there’s still something in the tank at the end of 3 minutes, but I’m not convinced it’s another 2 minutes. We’ll see on Monday.