Postgraduate wobbles

Having finished the C25k programme on a high I've found my performance to be all over the place since. Some days I could do 5k just under or over 30 mins on another day I gave up after 1k - it had been an emotional roller coaster of a day.

After a 2 day break I was out again, running by the sea and harbour. Several novice runners were out walking and running which motivated me to keep going. Another faster runner smiled and waved at me and as I reached my 5k goal by the stunning harbour lighthouse I was so pleased to have beaten the gremlins with a new PB of 28.15. Yay!

Note to self - turn your head off and just keep running...

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  • I think that happens to a lot of people after graduation - I think we miss Laura spoonfeeding us how many minutes we've done/got to go. I've recently returned to her for a bit of a refresher, and it has helped enormously.

  • My iPod tells me how far or how long I have been running for and how far/long until my goal but during the tough periods it seems to take an age for these announcements to come through - I'm trying to stop myself doing this and just take a more mindful approach, noticing the scenery around me and slowing down if things feel too tough

  • Don't give up on a run! It can be salvaged nine times out of ten just by stopping to walk, just til you get your breath back. When your breathing is back to normal just jog on. You can do that several times during a run

  • Thanks misswobble that's good advice but there are some days when you just need to look after yourself and a I recognised on that 1k day that I'd had some really bad news and needed to take care of myself rather than pushing myself further - I had a lovely walk by the harbour instead, with a few short stints of slower jogging - just to keep warm

  • I remember floundering around after graduating and not being sure whether to go for speed, distance or what. I think its quite common to take a while to sort things out. Well done on your PB that's a fantastic time x :-)

  • Thanks no-excuse. I was so pleased and shocked - I treated myself to some new running items, to prepare for the hotter summer weather - ever hopeful that the sun will return to accompany me on some runs

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