I thought by the end of week 8 I'd be feeling on top of the world with week 9 just around the corner, but instead I'm feeling a bit deflated.
Week 6 run 3 was probably the best run I've had on the programme, I felt fantastic afterwards, week 7 was ok and I enjoyed the challenge of the longer runs...week 8 however has felt a bit blah - each run seems like a long hard slog and I found myself putting off my runs whereas at the start of the programme I couldn't wait to get out of the house and tackle each run.
I've started measuring my distance and I'm generally only running on average 4.10km in 28 minutes - I feel a bit disappointed by this as I have met every challenge this programme has presented with me with and now I realise I'm not going to be able to get to the 5k by next week.
I thought some of my feelings came from boredom - throughout the programme i've stuck with the same route - lengths down a long (quiet) road. I've calculated that 5k is 4 and a half lengths of this road...I normally manage 4 and a bit, however to try and spice things up on my final run of week 8 I thought I'd go off course and end up doing laps in a field. Well the sunshine was beautiful but the uneven grassy surface proved tricky to run on - I normally end on a sprint finish (to try and make up some kms) however by the end of this run despite jogging slower than a snail I felt I had given everything and couldn't find it in myself to speed up at all.
I thought i'd be really excited for week 9 but now I'm left feeling that it's going to be another long, hard slog of a week. Sorry to bring such negativity to this site however i just wondered whether anyone else has experienced this when running?