I graduated in June and have been running regular 5K's since. Still getting a tremendous buzz from how good running is doing for my body and health, but I seem to have hit a bit of a wall.
My graduation run was 5K in 27'28sec which I was SO HAPPY WITH! Since then, I've come nowhere close to that and I'm wondering why that is. I've stopped listening to music whilst running as I found it got on my nerves. I've stopped Endomondo telling me how fast each lap time is, as that was putting me under pressure to compete with myself. I still use it to measure distance and lap times but with the sound turned off!
Since my PB I have adjusted my running effort to a more manageable speed because I was getting worn out too quickly and getting despondent. What I do now is just run much slower and that way I can enjoy the run AND not have to stop for a "walk rest" which is what started to happen to me post graduation. The results on my timings now are between 32 and 33 mins for 5K, which I find comfortable with minimum effort.
I have to keep telling myself "I am not competing. I am not an athlete. I just want to keep fit and trim. AND enjoy it." Using this mantra has helped me enormously for getting back the "KAPOWWW" feeling of doing the C25K program.
I don't think I can ever see myself running further than 5K. The thought of doubling what I do three mornings each week makes me almost faint with the thought of it. That's fine though. I am hoping that speed will eventually get naturally faster and who knows, perhaps my distance will increase with time.
Thanks for reading