C25K, week 4, day 2 – The Ask Twitter run

squirrel spotting

Spot the killer squirrel.

Note: I actually ran this on Dec 8 but haven’t had time to post before.

Workout: 5 min warm up, 3 min jog, 90 sec walk, 5 min jog, 2.5 min walk, 3 min jog, 90 sec walk, 5 min jog, 5 min cool down.

Weather: A balmy 3C and bright.

Times I thought a squirrel was trying to kill me: Once, it ran straight into my path and made me jump. I saw a horror film once where squirrels leapt from the trees and landed on people and ate their brains so I know to be very weary of them.

Every time I open my C25K app it comes up with a “motivational quote”. How about this one for “motivation”:

Give it all you’ve got because you never know if there’s going to be a next time.

You know what, if I’m going to die soon then I’m pretty sure I would prefer to be at home spending time with my child rather than running in the park. #justsaying. #NOTinspiring

Anyway, this was actually a pretty good run. The first half was really smooth and I felt good until the last 3 min run section when the naughty voice in my head, Joan, suddenly piped up that there was no way I could run the final five minutes. What?! I ignored her and started it but she kept chipping away and chipping away until I stopped but then I was like: “Why are you even stopping?” and after about 15 seconds started running again until the end. I was so cross with myself.

I was then in a conundrum; do I attempt week 4, day 3 or repeat the whole week, as I struggled with day 1 too? I did what any 21st century person would do and took it to Twitter. Thankfully there seem to be a lot of very friendly C25K runners out there – although I got mixed views.

Many said to repeat the week but at a slower pace – seriously, snails run faster than me – while others said just to continue as it was only 15 seconds. What’s the worst that could happen?

You can find out what I did next time…I know, what a tense ending 🙂

#ThisGirlCan apart from 15 seconds.

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