I've had another couple of lovey runs which I want to share for those people who are worried about losing motivaiton after graduation.
On Saturday, I completed my 2nd park run. Aside from being a bit more familiar with the course having ran it for the first time last week, the only other difference I felt to my run was that I used my music. I just ran to an album I had on my mp3 player, and felt like I was much slower than the week before, Nevertheless, I enjoyed it, I completed the 5k without walking which is always my aim. I was utterly gobsmacked when I found out my time...29:24! 100 seconds faster than last week! I am putting it down to the influence of music!
Tonight I had planned to do the Speed podcast for the first time but I had more time, and I'll be pushed for time on Wednesday so I decided at the last minute to do Stamina tonight and Speed later in the week. I had the same problem with the Stamina podcast as I had with Stepping Stones in that I was running slightly faster than the pace set by Laura. I just continued on and enjoyed the novelty of different music and an extra 5 mins to the podcast. I was nearly round the block I wanted to run when Laura said to stop, so I continued to run through the warm down and for another 3 or 4 minutes after that. I felt so tired when I stopped and crossed at the lights. I switched to my own music on shuffle for what I planned to be a walk home. Well, about a minute after I had stopped running, Queen - Radio Gaga started up. My breath was back and I felt I could go on...so I did. I was much, much slower but my breathing was absolutely fine, and I enjoyed the slower pace.
I think my curiosity got the better of me and I jogged all the way back to my house. I finished running to Rascal Flatts - Life Is A Highway. Pure cheese but I was grinning from ear to ear.
I've no idea what the time was, but I covered 8.6km. I cannot believe it! I ran the first 6.5km in 43 - 44 minutes, so I suspect the final 2km was much slower.
I do feel pretty tired now and I've a bit of a sore left quad - I wouldn't say it is painful, but it's definitely a bit tight.
More than the distances, I feel so so relaxed and de-stressed compared to when I set out. I love that running works really well for me in this respect.
I plan to do the Speed podcast on Wednesday or Thursday and then Park Run again on Saturday. Still uber-motivated I'm pleased to report