I'm fairly new to this forum. I completed C25k around March time and started on my journey to 10k using the MyAsics plan. I have a fairly relaxed 10k event in September (Winathlon) that although I may not be running, would like to say I could run if I wanted to. Having set my plan for this date, so far it has been pretty achievable. Unfortunately, I have been reading other posts that talk about the big jump between distances, and now this day has come upon me.
My previous runs have been 5.7k, done on a treadmill and although it's been doable, I've been getting gremlins around the 20 minute mark that I can't shift and will constantly remind me how difficult I'm finding it. Realistically I'm not, as my breathing is generally ok and my body doesn't feel like it's falling apart, just getting hot and sweaty. I'd also like to point out that I'm really not the fastest and 5.7k takes me about 48 mins.
With this in mind, I know that 8k will take me over an hour and currently I can't see me holding out that long (and I will be going slower to pace myself as well).
I suppose what I'm really asking is if anyone has any advice on how to break this mental barrier? I'm trying not to look at the time or the distance, but I get weak willed when I'm tired and I'm just looking at that next milestone to reach to keep gee-ing myself on.