Graduated some time ago and have run 2/3 times a week ever since. I've even thrown in a few 10k's too!
For a few weeks now, my 5k time has got worse and worse. i can generally run 5k in about 32/33 mins, which for me, is acceptable.
I'm now taking 34/35 mins to complete the same distance. No idea why I'm regressing, just can't figure it out. Went out after work today and did 5k. Took best part of 35 mins. Within a couple of minutes running, I knew I was struggling. Reminded me of when I did week 1 of the programme. Legs like lead, chest tight, just absolutely terrible. I hung in there and finished the run, but felt dreadful.
To put perspective around this, my 5k pace is now a few seconds slower than my 10k pace. Unbelievable.
Has anyone else experienced this deterioration in pace? I'm meant to be improving. Now, instead of enjoying my running, I'm struggling to find motivation because of how terrible I'm feeling through the run itself. 😔