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Everyone took a long time to get up this morning, so I managed to avoid the rain entirely.  25 minutes running without a break was hardest mentally, I just really wanted to stop and have a little walk, though it didn't help that my right calf decided it didn't like proceedings about 10 minutes before the end.  It's still a bit stiff now, but I've stretched it and kept it warm and don't think it'll be a problem.

Pace was about the same as the 2x 10 min run on Thursday, which is nice.

Next run Monday.  Next week is 3 lots more of the same; hopefully after another 3 goes I won't find it so mentally tiring.
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I did this yesterday lunchtime, after the rain had finished and with some surprise sunshine.  2x 10 minutes with a 3 minute walking break, and not much slower than the 20-minute run last Saturday.

Next run: tomorrow afternoon morning because it will rain and while I don't mind running in the rain, the family plans for the day will go better when it has stopped.  So we are getting my run out of the way while the rest of us can't be outside.
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The weather was not enticing today, steady rain through which I plodded away, feeling grateful for fast-wicking fabric on my running clothes, and the hot shower waiting for me back at my office.   I did warm up eventually and my running playlist did its job of keeping me keen.

Today was 5 minutes / 8 minutes / 5 minutes running, with 3 minutes walking in between time.  With warm up and cool down this would be 34 minutes, so I skipped a couple of minutes each of the warm up and cool down so as not to avoid being out over 30 minutes.

I am amused that 5 minutes which was a "long" run a few weeks ago is now a "short" run. 

My next run is my last one with breaks on c25k (!)  I should do it on Thursday, and 25 minutes of continuous running on Saturday.
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Day 2 was Friday: my plan to run Wednesday scuppered by the below-freezing temperatures.  Thursday was also cold but is also the toughest day logistically.  But Friday we had family arriving in the evening and Tony had taken a day off to help prepare, so I took advantage and ran directly after the school run, trying out a new route starting outside the school.  The 2 x 10 min went well and I enjoyed it; the exciting highlight was literally running into a bicycle coming out of an alley.  I mostly caught the bike and neither it nor the rider hit the ground badly, and we spent about 30s apologising to each other and checking we were both in working order before mutually agreeing to go on.  I could feel I would have bruises (and they are quite obvious now) but they eased up in the warmth of running.

The total distance was only a fraction more than Monday's 5/8/5 but I think the crash had something to do with that.

Day 3 was going to be Sunday but I overslept hugely after late-night celebrating with the family, and last night was too cold after work, but tonight was more temperate.  It was a straight 25 minutes, so a chunk longer than the 20 minutes I did at the end of week 5, but after that triumph I wasn't very worried about finishing.  I ran my usual route and had to add extra on at the end as I'm covering much more distance now than in the days of weeks 2 & 3.  In total I covered 3.7k, so still a long way to the promised land of 5k, but I am solidly enjoying the running itself now.  The transition to cool-down made me suddenly aware of quite sore calf muscles, so I took extra time stretching them out this time.

Next "week" is 3 more days of running the same as today, so I suppose the goal is to consolidate the confidence built so far.  I'm unlikely to get out on Thursday, but Friday should be possible.   Time to change my route again, but this time be more careful of alleyways!
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I cycled home and decided it was not quite too cold to run, so changed and headed out again as quickly as possible after my obligatory baby-cuddle-and-feed.

Today was 5-8-5 and I tried to run a bit faster in the 5 minute runs than in the 8.  I followed my streets-near-home route and definitely covered more distance than usual, finishing up a bit over 3.5km, and further than I ran in the continuous 20 minutes on Saturday.

It should be feasible to get out Wednesday with a bit of planning, and Friday is definitely going to be ok.  I'm hoping to keep the momentum going, so I can do Mon-Wed-Fri / Sun-Tue-Thu / Sat-Mon-Wed and then stick at Sat-Mon-Wed for the foreseeable.
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I put off my second run until today, because the weather forecast gave me a faint hope that there might be a chunk of time between the cold and the rain when it was nice enough to run outside today. But in fact last minute work stuff meant I missed that brief window, and I ended up having to drag myself to the gym in the horrible windy rain.

Two lots of 10 minutes at 7 kph was doable. I think I'm somehow getting into the swing of this, though I'm nervous of going back up to the more challenging pace of 7.5 kph I was doing for the shorter intervals. Overall 3.1 km in 28 minutes, or 9' /km.

Weirdly, that's the end of the intervals. From now on it's just continuous runs right up to the 30 minute target. Obviously at the current rate that's going to be 3.5 km, not 5 km, but when I get there I'll figure out how to work for my next target: 30 minutes at 8' /km, then eventually 5 km in 30 minutes.
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Wow, completing the 20 minute run at the end of week 5 has been such a psychological boost! I turned up at the gym today thinking, I've done 20 minutes continuously, 5/8/5 should be easy-peasy. And whaddya know, it was. It was exertion, I was definitely breathing hard and sweating, but I got to the end thinking, hey, if this weren't so boring I could do the whole thing again.

Remembering my previous bad experience with going back to the gym after several outdoor runs, I only set the speed to 7 kph, which is not the fastest I can do. But still, that gave me a two-mile total distance for the first time, 3.2 km in 29 minutes or an average pace of 9'4'' /km. That's a little teeny bit faster than my 20 minute run overall, even though I was only running for 3/5 of the time instead of 4/5. So I think it's an all round improvement over Week 5 day 3.

And I think I've finally found that endorphin high I've been chasing for the past 2 years. Having done the workout at a pace that was hard work but not painful on my lungs, I actually feel really good, relaxed and bouncy and energized. Woo!
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