2 weeks post-graduation and it's been hard for me to find a rhythm. I've been hovering between 5:56 and 6:11 p/km and hitting 5k with nothing left in me, but have seemed unable to slow down. Last week I hated every run, I managed a 4k and then a 3k during the week and just wanted to go home. My music was annoying me, I was tired and out of breath. On Saturday I told myself I would go slowly and try for a 6k but failed miserably, and instead did 5k in 31 minutes and then had to stop because I was knackered. I felt really defeated and as if I would never manage the 10k race I've signed up for in May, I was sure that to manage more than 5k I would have to slow down dramatically but I wasn't sure I knew how.
So today I thought I would just try again for a slow pace and see if I could do it. The first 3k I really battled with myself and started to speed up but made an effort to regulate and just after 3k I finally seemed to find a rhythm. I kept myself to the same speed and made it to 6k feeling great!
The weird thing is I really didn't slow down as much as I thought I would have to, I averaged 6:37 p/km but it was such a different run - I felt strong and in control and I enjoyed my music and I definitely could have carried on but I'm mindful of not pushing too hard too fast - plus I literally ran out of village. 😂
I'm feeling so much better about it all this evening.