After I completed week5 run 3 last week, I must be honest it did knock my confidence a little. Don't get me wrong, I felt elated to have run the 20 mins non stop and I realise my achievement but I only just managed it.
The route I run does include a couple of tricky hills, a long slow burner and a short steep one as well as a decent downhill stretch. I chose this route as I figured it gave me a good all round challenge whilst giving me some downhill relief as well.
Whilst running the intervals this has been OK as the walks have often coincided with parts of the 'uphills' (not all unfortunately!), but running the full 20 mins meant I had to run all the hiils for the first time. It really took it out of me.
Would I be better choosing a flat route for the longer runs or should I stick with the hills knowing there is no gain without pain!? or in other words, is it better to finish the run more comfortably on a flat route so as not to knock my confidence again.