Week 9 - second thirty minute run completed today. I did the first run on the road; the second across the common - a new route. Both were hard. Is there anyone else who finds the 30 minutes much harder than 28? Or is it just me? I'm going to take an extra day off before the last run, but I won't make the 5k distance - I managed just over 4.5k on both runs. Although I'm trying to keep a slow and steady pace, I can see that my average pace has been creeping down over the last 3 weeks - from running a kilometre in just under 7 minutes, I'm now running an average pace of 6.36. Not sure I'll ever make the 5k in 30 minutes, but I'm determined to be able to do it in under 35 minutes. Then maybe I'll do my local park run……..