It's a month since I graduated and I've drifted a bit, still running 3 times a week but just to my own music, unsure what my next goal should be. I gave B210k a go (was finding it 'challenging' ) but last week a cold stopped me running altogether - when I went out on Monday after a week's break I really struggled and although I did 5k I was very slow and plodding, classic post-viral. Went through that whole cross with myself mood went full circle and finished up with a "The only bad run is no run" pep talk, read a few uplifting blogs on here which really helped too - I've said it before but YOU c25k-ers are a great lot.
I'd read a few of other people's experiences of the 5k+ podcasts and they sounded like they might just be the very ticket to get me motivated again so this morning I set out to Laura and the ominously named 'Stamina' (chosen only because 'Speed' sounded even more scary ). Well! The music is rather good, upbeat, latino dance, a bit Zumba-ish, it certainly did make me pick my pace up with Laura chanting "1,2,3,4" into my lugs. After 5 minutes of this pace however I felt like I'd hit the wall, it took all I had to keep going - then she tells me it's time to pick up the pace... Excuse me? 160bpm? I normally run nearer 150bpm max...
I kept it up best I could, 1,2,3,4, but goodness it was hard work, I normally slow down when I get tired but this podcast doesn't allow for such luxuries, 1,2,3,4. Then about 5 minutes from the end it suddenly didn't seem so hard, the 1,2,3,4 seemed easier, like I'd come through the wall. Unbelievable, this running lark constantly surprises and amazes me, just when I think it's too tough it suddenly becomes easier (happens the t'other way round too unfortunately), I don't think I'll ever be able to predict it.... But over all it's fun, and the achievement after a push like this is worth it tenfold, even if my face was as red as beetroot and my legs ready to drop off.