This post is for all the new runners and new graduates. And before I continue I am not an experienced runner, I only just graduated on the 22nd of June.
Just a little bit of advice. I've seen a lot of posts from people struggling with runs, terrified of week 5 run 3, struggling with bad runs, feeling like you've lost your mojo, etc. I too struggle some days with bad runs and also find some runs really tough. But as has been said many times before, trust in the plan, it works.
When I started back in April I could not run for 5 minutes. Now I can run for 50. I ran a Parkrun today at 6:26/km pace which over time has become my comfortable fun run time. I could complete a full 5k run at this pace whilst chatting to a fellow runner as we went around the course. A month ago I would have struggled with that pace and certainly would not have been able to hold a conversation. It takes time to build the legs up, a lot of kilometres and a lot of tough and hard runs. But some how we get there. Last Thursday I managed to run a total of 10k over 3 separate runs at a nice comfortable pace of 7:00/km. On Friday I'm going to enter my first 5k road race and I am going to try for the first time to do a sub 30 min 5K. I am still a newbie myself with a lot of improvement ahead of me and a long long way to go to become a good runner. I'm never going to be fast, but I would love to be able to someday run 10k in under an hour and run 5k in under 30 mins comfortably most of the time. 6 months ago I could not have dreamed that I would be planning goals such as these.
So don't give up, keep plodding, jogging, walking/running, sprinting waddling and sweating. Over time you will amaze yourself someday. And then the next day you might have a tough run and feel like you've lost your mojo. Pick yourself up and go again. And keep going, keep plodding along. We will get there together. Best of luck everyone, keep your heads up, chest out and keep going, don't give up and don't worry, you can do this.