completed week 5, run 3 yesterday and to be honest, I actually enjoyed it. The biggest thing for me, is my mindset. I am 3 stone overweight and sometimes I catch my image in a mirror or window and think....is that really me? How did I get like this? I took a steady pace and did not expect an easy ride. Without wanting to sound like I'm boasting, I actually increased my pace very gradually throughout. This is relative of course, because anything is faster than going backwards!! I listened to Laura and managed my breathing, trying to keep a steady rhythm in time with my paces. I have a friend who is an ex paratrooper and if there's anyone that knows about distance work, it's him. The best tip from him is this....always run with your arms fairly low, as in not bent up at a dog leg angle of 90 degrees (hope that makes sense), in essence as if you're on a long military tab. I find this decreases energy used and makes my whole body feel more relaxed. Might not be for everyone, but it's working for me and I'm a terrible runner! Initially you do have to train your brain to change your arm position because everyone has a 'natural' position their arms will go to as soon as you set off. I am doing week6, run 1 tomorrow or Tuesday. I'm sure I will have my nightmare run soon enough (you know the one, everything hurts, can't breathe, snot flowing out of your nose!!). On a different note...does anyone use a garmin? I'm thinking a forerunner 10 as it's so simple to use, just not cheap. If anyone has one and doesn't use it, i'd happily purchase from you. Happy running everyone.....you can do this!!