Went on my second consolidation run last night. It was one of those tougher runs, where my legs were protesting, and it was hard to keep going - plus my left knee started kicking up a bit of a fuss (wtf left knee?!). I focussed on Oldfloss' words, trying to run slowly and gently, soaking up my surroundings (sadly not as picturesque as a Welsh beach) and thinking of all the people who had posted having made it out there for their run and pushed through despite feeling tired or reluctant. You all kept me going. All that mattered was just keeping on going to the end, one foot in front of the other, and when I got to the end of the 30 mins I was surprised to see I wasn't that far adrift of 5k after all so persuaded myself to keep going till I got there. So overall outcome much better than expected when I set off.
Looking at my 'stats' afterwards it was so obvious I was struggling with that run - my pace graph looked like a mountain range, all jagged peaks and troughs, despite at the time feeling like I was being all steady and consistent. Inexperienced fledgling that I am. I actually laughed it looked so ridiculous. I might take a few more rest days before the next run, will see how I'm feeling.
Good luck, wherever you are on the programme