So today was my second run of week 4 and I must admit I struggled a bit with this. I managed to keep going until the end of each run fine but by the end I was dying. My cooldown walk up my mountain of a driveway was probably the hardest bit! And I actually felt a bit sick by that point. But nonetheless I completed it and I even went further (and faster) than in my previous run! I managed to run about 4.35km (so just off my target of 4.5k) and that includes the 5 min warm up and cool down walks. I've calculated that in the 21.5mins of actual run/walking I covered almost 3.5k, which means if I carried on at that pace I would complete a 5k in about 31.5mins! So very thrilled with that, except I'm sure I couldn't have carried on at that pace for another 10 minutes (but who knows by week 9...).
Anyway enough with the maths, I've been thinking a little since about why I found the run so much harder and have come up with a few possibilites:
1) Ran a bit further in the same time, so therefore a bit faster (most obvious reason!?)
2) It was a lot hotter and I was running in bright sunshine for most of it (even at 8pm!) which I found pretty tough. Also meant I got VERY dehydrated and a little delirious...
3) Hadn't eaten for about 5 hours (had a big lunch) - should probably have had a banana or something before I headed out.
So my motivational moral from today is even if you aren't looking forward to a run or are really struggling once doing it, just think of how great it feels when you finish and look at what you've accomplished. Today when I was finding the running more difficult I picture myself running through the finish line of a race (lame I know) but it really spurred me on! So maybe think of an image that motivates you like that and just picture it during your next run, it really works!
Thanks for reading and happy running