I graduated on Sunday and my first post-graduation run wasn't brilliant. I was so looking forward to running to 'my' music, but I missed Laura more than I ever could have expected! I used Map My Run, but that just made me want to run too fast as it would only count my KMs, not the minutes. I did the 30 mins but it felt chaotic.
I know there are C25K+ and other podcasts but I really still wanted to listen to my tunes, at least for a bit.
I decided to change things for my second post-graduation run this morning: instead I crafted a playlist that included a 5 minute warm up track then enough music to just exceed a 30 min run and no more. I knew that if I ran my complete playlist I would run for just over 33 mins. I even had the song count, but soon forgot that. I was listening out for the final playlist song (Eminem - my son would be proud!) and when that completed it was the end of my run and I switched to a warm down walk. It worked! I ran for just a little longer than the 30 mins, didn't push myself too fast (the Map My Run KM count was very much a secondary consideration) and I ended up feeling chuffed again!
I'm by no means a running expert, but thought I'd write this up in case it's of help to any other graduates.