As the intervals get longer, I have to keep in mind that I’ve done 20 minute long running intervals before so an 8 minute one should be child’s play. It’s when your legs start to burn, your chest aches, and you think you can’t go another step that I have to just keep focused and realize this is doable.
Plus, despite my joints aching more during my menstrual cycle, running helps me deal with the sour mood and lethargy. All those fun endorphins kick in and I almost feel normal again. It’s worth not taking a break during this time; especially since stopping for a week makes it that much harder to start again. And in all the fitness stuff I’ve read and watched, they all say the same thing: Consistency is key.