Little update 8 weeks post graduation
Still not made a parkrun
Still not cracked 5km in 30 mins
I have run OUTSIDE 3x every week.
After my last post asking people for advice I have done two things:
1. Increased my distance so I am not far off 4km. I exclude the warm up walk and start my tracker once I begin to run but I do include a cool down walk as I reckon that ultimately I will run slightly more and more of the 4K. When I first graduated I was around 2.75-3K.
2. Coincidentally (or should that be 'consequently'?) my time taken to run 1km has reduced by 60-90seconds per km. I record the splits so I can see my progress. My first km is 2mins faster than it used to be.
If I don't get outside 3x I feel all antsy and disappointed, so weird!
I still find the first 10 mins so hard, the number of times I want to just give up and stop no matter what route or park I am in...I look far into the distance and fight to control the thoughts that it's so far, I can't possibly finish....then after 15 mins I definitely feel it easing a good bit then after 30 mins I'm shattered and have to try really hard to keep going! To run for 45 mins seems impossible but then I used to say that about 20mins.
Slow Joe am I but I'm six to seven months on and still doing this thing!