Week 8 R1 done. AND ENJOYED!.. I followed the advice to forget about pace and just concentrate on enjoying the running. and it worked! I left Runkeeper off, but took the trusty Laura, and set a gentle pace, managed the entire 28 minutes without struggling for breath or feeling ill. Tired, yes, happy yes. More 'Well done's to myself. And thanks to the sense talked on here. I will definitely leave measuring my speed until I've graduated, as I'm simply not capable of measuring it without trying to improve it!
It may have helped that the air has changed, my breathing seemed much easier now its not so humid. Also, may have helped I left the dog at home... running with a dog tugging on the lead is a bit wearisome. She's a collie but getting on and either likes to sprint or dawdle! I'm not up for the sprinting!
It's thanks to the encouragement on here I actually went out today. And thanks to that I now feel very positive and keen about the possibility of graduating in the next couple of weeks. Wow. NEVER thought I would be saying that.