Well, so much for being super motivated after graduating! In the three weeks since graduating I've only run four times. But I guess that's better than nothing!
The first was the ipod-on-shuffle (as mentioned in previous post, the less said about that the better).
The second was back to week 1 and I did intervals (run faster for the jog, jog for the walk) as recommended by others on the forum. Although this was ok, I got really frustrated as I didn't have enough time to get into a proper rhythm ever. And I know I didn't push myself hard enough! I think I'll have to try that one again.
The third was with my brighshinynew proper running playlist. I went for feel good tracks (such as summer of 69), and tracks with running in (like "run with us" - the raccoons cartoon theme tune) and a bit of bass (pendulum). That was SO much better and I really enjoyed myself, and did my 5k in just under 30 minutes so that was good enough for me!
Yesterday I had left my ipod at work, so decided to go out and run with no music at all - I just put the mapmyrun app on for the first time instead. I actually really enjoyed running with no music - I felt more focussed, and appreciated the run more. Not a chance could I do that on a treadmill, but with the outdoors to look at it was fab. The one part I hadn't counted on was that every mile, the app shouts out loudly to all within hearing distance how far I've gone and how fast I'm going. As my phone pocket is in the back of my top, I got some wonderful looks from passers by as my bum solemnly gave them these announcements. I think I need to check the settings!
All in all, it's been a nice variety of experiences! I think I'm going to try the intervals again next, and then do a longer run with no noise. Do other people mix and match a lot too, or have you found one thing that works for you?