I just got new running shoes and I wanted to try them out with an easy 1-mile run. After finishing that, I felt really good and decided to just keep going to 1.5 miles, then 2 miles... In the end I did 2.3 miles to get to an even 30 minutes. So I guess that's w7r3 finished!
I think that focusing on the distance instead of time really helped. It's hard to explain, but when I run for a set amount of time it feels so ... tedious? relentless? inexorable? Like there's nothing I can do to make time pass more quickly, so every minute seems like a huge effort. But this time, by focusing on the distance I could speed up to feel like I was making better progress, then slow down when I started flagging. It's really more of a mental trick more than anything, since I'll still end up doing the required amount of time.
Or maybe it was just the new shoes.
Either way, it really built up my confidence. Whereas before I was having trouble imagining myself making it past the 25 minute mark, now I've started thinking about what I'll do once I finish the program -- maybe I'll eventually run a 5k!