Well, after reading some posts on here this morning and seeing a Park Run post on FB this morning, I reluctantly pulled on my gear and headed out the door.
I'd started the programme some months ago in June or was it May? Calcuating the weeks and anticipating completion in July, I progressed through the programme. However runs of 25 mins plus proved a stumbling block and I lost my mojo.
Recently I changed coach, discovering Mr Smooth by accident and went back W5R3 repeating this 3 times. I have also added running up a bit of the hill at the end of my route, as pictured.
Last run on Friday, I added 2 mins extra, after a 3 min walk. Today I decided to return to W7R1 to run 25 mins. I kept telling myself, "it's all in the mind, you can do this", and every so often taking deep breaths in and out, especially when Mr Smooth reminded me I needed more oxygen!
Well, I completed 25 mins the last 5 mins was hard but I did it! I also did the hill at the end, incredibly funding this easier than previously, maybe it was a fluke! I certainly seem to be recovering quicker and take this as a sign of increasing fitness.
I return to work in September with the new school term so will find it harder to fit in my runs but hope to complete and graduate soon!
I'm thinking that it might be easier to do a long run on Sundays and shorter runs in the week or possibly have one morning of hill runs, increasing the number of times I can run up the hill after walking down!