I graduated some time ago and have really struggled since to get out three times a week. I've done a race for life and a Parkrun (really enjoyed the latter) but I was finding just running 5k and just trying to go faster a bit of a baffling one.
It made me realise that I loved the programme as I could see and feel the positive difference each time I ran. Every run I thought I'd hit my limit but then next time I went out it became clear that I could do more. That is addictive and quite brilliant. It's what made me get into exercise for the first time in my life.
So, I trawled through the posts and blogs on this site, and, as ever the answer was available.
This means, rather shockingly, I've started the programme again but this time I'm aiming to do Run jog Run jog rather than run/jog walk, run/jog walk.
And you know what, I've found that addictive bit is back again. The first time I managed about half with picking up the pace and had to just jog the second half. The second time I practically managed the whole lot (although the running was pretty much at the same pace as the jogging at the very end). I went out yesterday although I felt pretty rubbish and did half a really good tun but them something shut of in my mind for second half and I did run walk again.
it's amazing how much you learn about yourself. I need to see results but I also have to be in the right mindset. Now all I need to do is work out how to get myself in the right mindset when it suits me and it'll be today 5k, tomorrow Queendom. Clearly.
I'm going to do one more go of week 1 on the alternative pace and then go for it again at Guildford parkrun on Saturday - it'll be my 40th birthday run so if anyone wants to join me that'd be just grand!