I graduated 5 weeks ago (only seems like yesterday) and I've continued to run 3 times a week - varied my route, slight uphill sections (only slight!) and now tend not to listen to music but listen to the rythm of my feet on the pavement - mind you sometimes hard to hear my feet as my breathing is so loud, haha!!
Anyway this week .... everything has just clicked and I am now enjoying being a RUNNER! I've done a couple of 5ks, mainly just to see if I could and I got a time if 38/39 minutes. Monday I suddenly decided to do a 5k and managed 37 mins 15 secs, Wednesday just a 30 mins run as I was working later, then today I smashed out another 5k in an amazing 34 mins 15 secs. WHAT?? I really had to push myself to keep up the pace and although I'm writing this as a bit of a brag as I'm so chuffed, I want to let all you newbies, or recent graduates know that if you just keep plodding along (I never really set myself goals, just so happy to be able to run) that all of a sudden it gets easier, you recover quicker, ache a bit less afterwards and now, apparently you get some speed from somewhere!!
Happy happy running to all you lovely supportive forum buddies 😊