I graduated two saturdays ago with a 5k park run. My normal speed would have resulted in a 35 minute run, but I pushed myself and made 29 mins 15 secs! The 30 minute marker runner really helped. Unfortunately I think I pushed myself too hard, and then it rained. I got soaked and cold pretty quickly. So we had a nice cup of tea in the cafe, which was full of runners and humidity and the perfect vector for disease! I was feeling poorly by tea time and was off work all week with a weird virus which affected my centre of balance.
Anyway, all better now, but it's knocked my motivation. I got back to it on Thursday after 12 days of no runs, and only managed 15 minutes. It's amazing how quickly you lose it. I'm hoping to get back up to 30 minutes fairly quickly though. Any tips? I'd had my heart set on working smoothly towards a 10k, but it will have to wait a bit longer!