I quite enjoyed running during the 9 week plan as I had a target, run 5k. I achieved that about 5 weeks ago and so my next target has been to hit 5k in 30 minutes. I'm achingly close to that now (30:41 this morning) but it's starting to lose it's lustre.
I'm now only running approximately twice a week (Sunday & Wednesday) and even they are under duress.
I'm quite competitive in pretty much everything I do which is a trait. I keep trying to push myself to hit 5k in 30 minutes so each time I'm running, I'm trying to run faster and on the whole, I am. My average pace is speeding up nicely, but a side-effect to that is that I'm getting tired quicker and have to stop two or three times during a run to have a breather...
and I hate stopping whilst running, it makes me feel like a cheat.
My wife keeps telling me to relax and just run for the enjoyment, Don't try and hit a certain distance in a time, just go out running for the hell of it.
How can I do that? How can I disregard that competitive streak and get back the enjoyment?
Any tips would be appreciated