After a fail on my previous attempt, I took a two day rest (so that I didn't have to try it again after a rare night out), ran earlier in the morning and headed straight to the woods where there is a little more shade. I still didn't find it at all easy and did wonder if I was going to be able to finish it about 12 mins in, but this time I actually did run for 25mins - hooray! I even sped up very slightly for the last minute as Laura suggested.
Last time Runkeeper lost me totally in the woods, but this time I used Endomondo plus ran a bit more out in the clearings so I have stats. My first mile was 10.36 and my second was 10.59 although my last split time wasn't helped by me forgetting to press stop in my ecstasy at having finished the run! Although I am not running particularly fast, I was quite pleased to see that the fact that my new route is a little more hilly doesn't seem to have slowed me down that much. Maybe there is a limit to how much more I can slow though!
The slightly cooler weather and wearing my proper running vest and cropped trousers helped too I think, but it really took it out of me and hours later all my muscles still feel very tired. I am a bit apprehensive about the week 7 runs as I found this one such a struggle. I also didn't enjoy it that much since I was so worn out towards the end, although the sense of achievement was good! Hopefully my body will get fitter soon! I have set myself up on My Fitness Pal today, but am not doing very well at calorie counting so far!
By the way, after a longish run my fingers feel a bit puffy and tight. Does this happen to anyone else? I must Google it to see why it might be as I would expect symptoms in my legs, but not my hands!