I am just in from my W8R3. As per normal it wasn't easy and I spent the first 5 minutes thinking to myself how there is no way I can do this only to warm up and somewhow survive and get through. I am just updating my mp3 player to have the week 9 podcast and I am suddenly quite fearful.
On the 3 x 28 minute runs this week I was tempted to just try and go those extra 2 minutes but managed to resist the urge. I thought I would be looking forward to the 30 minutes but instead I am pretty nervous now that it is finally close. I am wondering if it is the same as the fear/excitement of the 5 minutes in W4 or the 20 minutes in W5 only more intense? Surely it is only 2 minutes and I can do it?
I am wondering if it is because I timed my run today which I had not previously done. I know it is couch to 30 minutes but wondered what my pace was. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that at the pace I ran today I should run 4.7km in 30 minutes on Sunday. I figured that with the 2 following runs to graduation surely I could manage an extra 300m? Then I started to recall how much I slow down for the last 5 minutes or so due to a hefty uphill slope and worry that I will go slower over the extra minutes and even less. I wish I hadn't bothered checking!
I should maybe just stop mulling it over and take it as it comes. Maybe it is just a funk that I am 3 runs and 1 week away from being finished. Can any recent graduates relate to this?