The fifth week of the program ups the ante even more, with longer intervals, increasing each time out, culminating in an unbroken 20-minute run on day 3.

Week 5, Day 1: I Think I Can Make It Now, The Pain Is Gone

After all the discouragement and pain of the last three weeks, I found myself turning a corner over the weekend. And by this morning, the knee pain was as good as gone. I was ready to run again, without hesitation or fear.

Run average pace, over three five-minute intervals: 8:27 per mile. Right back where I want to be.

That’s not to say the week ahead isn’t still intimidating. Friday seems awfully close. But it all seems attainable now. Whew!

Week 5, Day 1