My previous run, week 8 run 2, went very badly - I didn't even get close to finishing it. I thought back on it and realized that I had been going waaay too fast (for me) up that first hill, and just winded myself, so there was nothing left. I decided not to make the same mistake today.
So week 8 run 3 was deliberately slow and easy. I knew I could go a little faster successfully (I have many times before) but I determined that instead, if I had some extra energy, I would just run longer. But I wouldn't go fast and tire myself out.
I am a super-slow runner. My partner can literally walk beside me. I clock in at an average of 6-6.5 kph, about 4 mph. At that blinding speed, 5K would take about 50 minutes, at least in theory. Since our runs are 30 minutes or less, I haven't even been getting close, reaching 3K at my peak distance. At my easy "slightly bouncy walk" pace, where I wasn't really running hard, I decided to keep running for longer. I ran through the cool down. I restarted the podcast, ran through the warm up and the first 10 minutes of the run. I could probably have kept going, but I had decided that an extra 20 minutes of running was PLENTY and didn't want to injure myself.
So, 48 minutes of running, and 4.88 km. (Right on pace! LOL!) This is by far the longest I have ever, ever run, and I am so amazed with myself. I will do week 9 starting in a couple days, and probably throw in another long run on my last day to make it all the way to 5K. I know I can do it. And it will be such a sweet victory.