I graduated three weeks ago and my goal was to keep running for 30 mins three times a week. Which I've managed.
I've been pushing myself in an attempt to achieve the elusive 5k distance, as I am a slowwww runner (think tortoise, not hare). So I aimed to run 35 mins, then quickly pushed up to 40min.
The funny thing is - the other night I ran for 45 min and it was, to my amazement, not that bad, although I was running on the flat all the way - my user name should be Hilldodger!
But my last two runs have involved hills and after 30 min I feel ready to collapse and not move for a week. Is this because of the hills? Both of which were quite early into my run, about 10 min, so I obviously managed to recover and continue. I just felt really knackered and as though my legs were like lead.
Yesterday, that's how I felt after 28 min (and a massive hill that went on forever!) but somehow found the determination to push on and finally run for 47 min (6.45km). It was a personal best but my goodness, it was so hard!
I've no idea what possessed me to carry on - it was incremental - "Just another two minutes and I can stop"..... and then telling myself I was good for another two minutes etc.
Am I pushing myself to far too soon?
Having said all that, I do love running in the autumn: Here is a pic from my run before last: