Since graduating about five weeks ago, I've been struggling to make much progress. I've done a couple of 6k runs and one 6.5k but they have felt really difficult, so I have not been feeling optimistic about doing a 10k run at the end of September.
Last week, on the advice of someone here (sorry, I can't remember who), I downloaded Pear and did one of the easy runs, involving running pretty fast for 30 seconds and then walking or jogging for a minute to recover. It's only a 20 minute session so it was manageable even for me! It seemed to jolt something or other.....
So, on Saturday I ran/jogged a nice easy, gentle 5.5k. And today I managed 7.01! I had only intended to do 6.5 but Endomondo deserted me after 5k, so I kept waiting for the 6k alert and, when it didn't come, I kept on running until I got home and discovered that it was actually just over 7k! I'm amazed and relieved as I feel that I might actually be able to manage 10k in a few weeks' time - even if I have to walk the last couple of kilometres.
These small victories that mean so much. I am really enjoying this forum -such a lot of great characters here!