Well, having had a REALLY bad run on Monday I took someone's advice here and had an extra rest day, and today I managed W6R3 absolutely fine. I ran for 25 minutes non-stop! As Laura said at the end, I am now officially a runner
I took up running partly to feel better about myself. I've been under a huge amount of stress over the past 18 months or so, have been bullied at work and feeling very victimized, have been physically ill with a stress-related condition, and have generally been feeling very depressed and lacking confidence. As I run it seems to be helping me get into a virtuous circle of greater confidence and assertiveness, so that the other week I even managed to confront the person who bullied me so badly last year, to good effect.
If I can run for 25 minutes, I can certainly stand up for myself at work and be generally more assertive. And I feel so much better. I'm more relaxed and am sleeping better too. Running is something I do for me alone, and it seems to be doing great things.