For some reason week 7 has been the hardest part of this programme for me - and this is my second shot at it (after returning from my sore ankle) - I can't believe that I have managed to make it through. I'm so pleased that I picked myself up after my enforced break and got back into it - and nearly where I was before I left off! I'm still confused as to why I seem slower than the first time I did it - I haven't managed to break 4km once, but I did run the 25 minutes with greater ease each time, so I'm hoping that the distance will come with more practice. Today I tried a new route - went out for a walk yesterday (brisk, of course, Laura!) and spotted a pretty bit of park by a road about 2km away, so I ran there and back. It was nice to try a new route - I tend to be quite predictable in the morning as I don't like having to run on busy roads, and there are a lot of residential areas near me that are ideal for poking around - but as I was running after work today I thought I would be a bit adventurous. I've been trying to not feel the fear of the evening run - I usually go out in the morning, but I don't want to simply not run on days when I have an early start. So, although it's much harder for me, it's nice to prove to myself that I can do it. Do other people find it good to switch your route/schedule around, or do you find it easier to stick with the plan when it is predictable?
5k race in less than 2 weeks, and even though I doubt I think I will still be building up to the 5k in 30 minutes by then I think I should be able to plod through the distance - what a fitting Wk9R3 it'll be if I manage it!