Week 10, Postgrad week 1, whatever I think of it as, I completed it tonight. I managed to fit 3 runs in since graduation a week ago which I'm really pleased about as I was worried with a lack of direction that I wouldn't keep it up.
Park run on Saturday was really fun and I can't wait to go back this Saturday.
My next run was an inpromptu one on Monday night. At about 4pm, I decided to try to squeeze a run in between work and meeting a friend. I did just over 4k (the perils of not planning or measuring a route, not planning a playlist or doing a podcast, and generally not really having the time or energy to do the actual run). I felt knackered and wasn't able to zone out at all during the entire run. Despite this, I was glad to get out and learnt a big lesson to at least have a more structured idea of where I want to run next time.
Tonight's run was the 3rd of the week. I decided to try the stepping stones podcast and had listened to it on Saturday so knew what I was in for. People who have read my podcasts will know I'm not a measurer. I don't take a phone, watch or GPS-ma-bobber on runs with me, and only roughly plot my routes on google after I do them, so until I got my park run time, I had no idea what time and distance I was running.
I could not believe it, but the stepping stones podcast was far too slow for me. I quickly decided to ignore the 1,2,3,4 counts and just run at my normal pace, hoping that when the BPM increased, I'd find one which matched my pace. It got to 160BPM and I was still running faster than this. My strides are small but when I tried to lengthen them to slow down, it just felt horrible and I was completely uncomfortable. Who knew?
After the podcast ended, I kept running and covered 6.6km. Again I have no idea what time I did this in, but I just really enjoyed running and was beaming at other runners and bopping along to Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (GREAT running song for those of you who haven't tried it!) on a relatively mild, clear night.
I seem to be able to run at my pace for a good while (I think I could run 7km+ if I planned a longer route) but if I try to increase my pace even a fraction, it feels like my lungs are going to jump out of my chest! I just can't seem to go quicker.
I really want to try to get a bit faster, so I think after my upcoming park run on Saturday, I shall try the speed podcast and see how I go.
For now I am delighted that I am continuing to absolutely love running, even after the initial podcasts have finished. Roll on future challenges!