I couldn't have been happier this morning after my first 5k run.
I had noticed that my pace had gradually increased since graduation and at the same time, I wasn't finding it any easier. Sometimes I was able to run for 20-25 minutes instead of 30. Over the weekend I wondered if slowing my pace would help. So on Tuesday morning I gave it a go - slowing from an average of 8.6kmph to 8.3kmph - well what a difference that small difference made. I managed my best run for time and distance. And actually quite enjoyed the running!
I figured out what extra route would bring me to 5k, and this morning I went for it - ran 5k in 36 minutes! So overjoyed
I'm going to stick with that same route now until such a time I feel I need a change, and just enjoy it. Hopefully that will get me into a good place to cope with winter running (yes, the worry of that has already entered my mind.. I'm a beginner and want to be able to carry this on).
If any beginners are reading this, I will say what I've said before, really honestly, if I can do this then so can you. I still believe that this programme is just the best thing ever, and you guys on this forum are just the best help and inspiration.