I've been out three times today and managed to run 10 minutes each time. This is the first time I've tried to consolidate since last week. I picked up a slight lung lurgy over the weekend, but I felt good today and fully expected to complete. I first went out this morning around 9am and only managed 10 minutes and aborted. Went to Gail's for a coffee and pain au chocolate. I had gotten as far as the Heath and I just felt tired and stopped.
I went out again at 2pm having eaten a small portion of pasta at 12 and once again bailed out after 10 minutes, this time feeling fatigue kick in a bit more profoundly. Not to be defeated, I thought back to my graduation day and remembered bailing out because I felt sick after 20 minutes and going back out a couple of hours later and completing the run in the pouring rain.
So I figured 3rd time lucky and went out again around 4pm and once again got to 10 minutes and this time felt exhausted. There was no chance I could have made the distance on the third attempt.
Not quite sure what is happening with me mentally. I have managed 8 consolidation runs so far of 30 minutes but each one has been a struggle and last week I started bailing out and it took me 5 attempts to complete the distance. My pace for the first kilometre has increased from 8.30 per km to 7.30 per km but I would expect that increase in speed naturally since i've been running for 4 months now. I had to repeat week 4 of the programme but then completed all runs until graduation day in which I had to go out twice, but I did it on the intended day, At the moment, I'm completing it 3 days after I intended, so really don't understand what's going on.
Somebody on here did report that they weren't able to complete a single consolidation run after graduating. It certainly feels like it might be psychological with me. Has anybody else struggled like this? Any advice would be appreciated.