Finished week 8 today with the best run of the week and I put it down to forgetting to put my watch on. For the first time in weeks I wasn't checking how much longer I had to keep going every few seconds. No wonder I thought I couldn't make it. No watch meant I was free just to run and when Laura said five minutes left I was still feeling good. When I got to the final 60 seconds I actually picked up my pace to a run rather than a jog and I think I could have carried on a bit longer.
So lesson learned: leave the watch at home and just follow Laura's instructions.
Roll on week 9!