Reality check.....first post graduation run!

Well after the euphoria of graduating earlier this week and walking around with a smug look on my face for a couple of days it was back to reality with a thump last night!

Legs felt like lead, breathing was all over the place and I almost chucked in the towel before reaching 5K. What a totally different experience to the graduation run where I felt so comfortable and at ease and could have probably carried on for another couple of kilometres. Admittedly the pace was marginally higher, knocking a whole minute off the graduation time. Even so I've lost the smug look now and realise that running isn't always a walk in the park :-) (excuse the pun)


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10 Replies

  • Running is an emotional rollercoaster! Euphoria, despair and everything in between.

    Bet the next one will be better...

  • I do hope so.....

    I'm taking two days off so next run will be Sunday and hopefully I'll feel more positive about it by then. Mind you, its almost like I get the biggest buzz and the best runs when I go out with negative thoughts....maybe I'm just weird!

  • Welcome to the weird club then. Once I ran in the evening after a huge dinner, just didn't feel like going anywhere - best run ever LOL

  • Well done for carrying on anyway. As others say put it down to a practice run if it didn't quite go to plan. I'm running 6K and a bit in 40 minutes to build up my stamina. I am planning to drop down to 5K occasionally to see if I can beat my 33 minutes 5K time. But I don't worry about it even if I'm just on a par with previous run.

    I find that when I do 5K it is easier and gradually without even trying the time will come down. So I never have a bad run because I say to myself "I intend to do minimum of 30 minutes running anything on top is a bonus".

    Although I do like a challenge .I have a quest to conquer my new lake and hill after moving home. Running half way up at moment and bit by bit increase time till hit the top !

    The main thing is as the song goes "Don't worry be happy" !

  • Its a funny old game, I really struggled on a 5k run on Tuesday, nearly stopping after 4k, but fought off the gremlins to complete. Last night did the same run and flew round, no issues and a thoroughly enjoyable run.

    Some days just don't go as well as you hope, the key is to have the drive to finish them, then get out again another day and have a good run.

    10k race to do tomorrow so hopefully it will follow last nights effort and not Tuesdays, not sure I can beat the gremlins if they start after 3k.

  • Good luck with the 10K...lets hope you pick up a tail wind rather than a head wind. The weather sounds suitably .....inclement!

  • Thanks Skywatcher.

    For us it is to be sunny but only 8-9 degrees celcius. Good conditions for a run. Though the long leggings and sleeves will be on for this one.

    Thankfully my wife and I have adopted a stuff the weather mantra. If it rains on raceday you have no choice but run in it. So our training follows the same plan. No ducking out because of the rain!

  • After graduating, I thought I could do anything and signed up straight away for a 10k programme. I hadn't realised that going from a non runner, progressing through 9 weeks of constant challenge would be so hard and I had to take a week off to rest and recover. I soon got back to running 3 x 30 mins per week and after a few weeks some runs felt ok and I ran on one day and did a 5k. Some runs were so hard while others felt amazing, I think our bodies are still adjusting and recovering. Keep running regularly until a good run comes

  • There's always the next one! That's bound to be better. Go steady and have fun.

  • Just keep on keeping on! It's all miles on the clock (and in your legs). 🙂 Bet the next one will be great!

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