I wanted to add an update for anyone else who gets to this point and panics when they see the 20 minute jog on week 5, day 3, like I did. When I got there, I ended up doing a repeat of week 5, days 1 & 2, which I wish I hadn’t done because it turns out, I could’ve done the 20 minute jog non-stop.
I just completed week 6 and rather than psych myself out on day 3 (22 minute run), I decided I would run until I couldn’t any long and was surprised when I did the full 22 minutes non-stop without feeling like I was going to die or like I did too much. So, even if you’re sure you can’t do it, if you’ve made it that far, don’t listen to yourself. Push yourself. You can do it.
On day 3 of both week 5 and week 6, you know you’ve got non-stop jogs, so don’t start out going full tilt. Start with a nice, steady pace that isn’t too taxing. If you have to, don’t pay attention to the timer. Just keep telling yourself you’re going to keep going. Eventually, you’ll get into a groove and your body will quit panicking. You can do it!