I graduated sometime ago and for various reasons [honestly all genuine!] lost my mojo and got out of the habit of running. I recently gave myself a good talking to and read my old posts on here and got started again. So glad I did! Started myself at week 4 and I think because I've done this before, part of the mental challenge was easy - I can do this cos I've done it before! What has really worked for me is to sort my pace out, not to go out at break neck speed. When I've completed each run I've felt ready for the next and it hasn't been so daunting. I reminded myself that a 'proper' runner I know told me it doesn't matter about speed - that will come later, just keep going for the allotted time.
So, this morning I completed week 5, run 3 and ran for 20 mins and loved it! So pleased with myself - managed to finish the run just before the heavens opened as well which is a plus! Am now watching the Great North Run thinking 'yes I could do that....' one day!