Howdy. First - I am starting week 9 next, and I am really proud of my achievement - this isn't an 'encouragement please' type of post (although that is always welcome :-)).
I have found week 7 and week 8 much harder than any of the other weeks (apart from week 1 maybe). Each run felt like a real tough slog - legs burning, breathless etc. It feels like I am really pushing my cardio and muscles.
The earlier runs felt like that, but it always felt like I was pushing the boundary 10-20% if that makes sense. These runs feel like I ran out of gas halfway through.
To put it another way - week 8 was three 28 minute runs which I completed. I expected at this point I would be able to easily run 20 minutes, and whilst I can obviously run for 20 minutes, it is still a challenge.
I almost feel like I am cheating as I keep thinking "it shouldn't be as hard as this - the other runs weren't."
In summary, things are just harder than I expected they would be, and whilst I am completing the runs (and confident I will complete the 30 minutes next) I don't _feel_ they are getting easier. The whole journey has been pushing through, but the amount of pushing has increased significantly.
So, finally to the question - for graduates who had a similar experience to me - how long before 30 minutes became 'easy' - still challenging, but not a continual fight? Is this 'normal' and should I just stop moaning and get on with it ;-)?
P.S. I removed 'The Runs' and 'Gas' tags that the website automatically edited - thanks for that!