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Legs of jelly

December 4, 2012
runner lying on the floor

what I felt like doing instead of this run

Tonight I feel like someone has wrenched my legs off at the hip and stuck them on back to front.  There’s a good reason for this and its because I’ve started week 4 of couch25k.

I kind of feel like Laura (lady on the podcast) has been lying to me and lulling me into a false sense of security.  Last week, she smugly  told me that I would be able to finish the run if I pace myself and it would be worth me slogging it out.  In total I only ran for a total of 9 mins.  That seems like an eternity ago as this week she’s upped the anti and expects me to run for a total of 16 mins.  Now that’s a BIG jump, what happened to a stepping stone of 12 mins of running?  Laura has gone from being a ‘nice lady’ to an utter cow.

I should have known I was in for a hard time when the first running segment was 3 mins.  But having conquered 3 min runs last week I laughed at Laura suggesting I take it slowly and went for it.  I felt good in the 90 second recovery and pretty cheerful.  The smile was wiped right off my face when she said to run for 5 mins.  I can honestly say it felt like an eternity.  By the end of it my legs were all over the place and I needed the 2.5 mins walk to recover, if you can really call it that.  Trying to do the second 3 min run was hilarious  – for spectators.  By the time the last 5 min run came round I was like a trolley with a broken wheel and had no idea which direction my feet were facing.  I swear I was going so slowly there were little old ladies overtaking me!  All the while I would dearly love to get my hands on Laura and slowly choke her

Now I ‘may’ have over-reacted a little here.  Possibly. Tonight has definitely strained my friendship with Laura, as much as it is possible with an imaginary friend.  she better be a little less smug by the next run, or failing that a bit gentler with me next week #liveinhope.

I’m off to bed in the hope that the electric blanket will sooth aching muscles allowing me to walk tomorrow.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2012 10:47 pm

    Keep it up! The initial soreness eventually goes away, believe it or not. Before you know it you will be whipping out 3 miles and some without hardly breaking a sweat.

    • December 5, 2012 6:27 am

      Thanks Maiker, much appreciated :-). I was actually surprised I managed it so thats encouragement. couch25k is a really well structured programme, its just going to be a question of keeping the legs moving – and resisting the urge to throttle ‘Laura’ 🙂

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