Now this may be my own fault as for the last couple of weeks I have not been able to get out every second day, so my W7 and W8 runs have been 3 (or on one occasional 4) days apart.
But I'm finding it really hard and not enjoying it. I can do it, and that's amazing in itself, but from about 3 minutes in when my breathing changes, I find I am wishing it over and my mind is telling me that I won't finish. It's only sheer determination to graduate that is keeping me going at the moment.
In the early weeks I was absolutely loving the running and really thought that I would be a runner for life. Now I am concerned that once I have done my graduation celebration run (have booked in to do a local charity 5K at the end of March), I will fall off the wagon.
Help! Words of encouragement would mean a lot.....
I recognise that feeling from W8. I too found it a hard slog and questioned whether I was enjoying it any more. I can't say for sure when things changed, although W9R2 was my best run of the entire training plan. After graduation you can vary your running, so that some is stretching you but some is just for pleasure. And the pleasure does come back as you improve your ability to run. I am sure that if you don't run for a longer period than usual, you will start to feel the pangs and want to get back out there. Due to so many other life commitments, the time of year and the state of the mud lined routes that I like to run, I have been reduced to one 10k run at the weekend, but I long for that all week and also look forward to my home 5k route drying out so that waders are no longer required.
Just keep plugging away and I am sure that you will stick with it. All that new found fitness is too valuable to leave behind. Keep running, keep smiling.
Ah, thank you, really helps to know that people have felt the same way and have come through the other side. My post-graduation plan has always been two relaxed runs within my limits and one tough run per week - I'm never going to be a marathon runner, I just want to enjoy it.
You are absolutely right that it's too valuable to throw away. Just hoping that better weather, a change of route, some good music or SOMETHING will help me get back to loving it again.