Well I had read lots of people saying that W6R1 and 2 were much harder than they expected after nailing the 20 mins of W5R3, but I felt pretty confident nonetheless when I set out today. 5/8/5? a mere bagatelle! I did 20 minutes non stop the other day
... and of course, i had exactly the same experience as everyone else. It was hard. Not aided by the fact that I was running in the middle of the day on the hottest day of the year so far. But I managed it. Puffing and blowing and sweating, and could hardly walk another step, but managed it.
But here's where it gets interesting. I have read somewhere that when we think we have reached our limit, we have in fact only tapped about 40%. Interesting but I couldn't see how it applied to me.
Today I walked slowly back to the car park where I had agreed to meet my wife and dog, who had been walking behind me. I was REALLY looking forward to the big bottle of water she was carrying for me. But when I got there there was no sign of them. I looked around for a bit then walked on. It seemed a bit odd as they should have made it that far quite easily. After 5 minutes and still no sign of them, I began to get a bit worried so started to jog, and then run a bit quicker as I still couldn't find them.
Eventually I did - there was a miscommunication and she thought they had missed me so had walked the other way. I inhaled half the water and poured the rest over my head as was a bit hot by this point. When I checked my watch however, I was very surprised to find I had run another 8 minutes, and at a faster pace, and because my mind was focused on finding them, had scarcely noticed the running.
Not a motivation technique I would recommend, but it was a real reminder of how much of our limits are in the mind.