Like most reaching this point in the program I'd been dreading W5R3 and its jump to 20 minutes. The program had allowed me to progress as scheduled so far, but I wasn't entirely convinced that it had me prepared for this big jump. And then the first couple of minutes seemed unusually awful, really tiring, and I worried that I wouldn't even be able to do the eight minutes I'd done twice a few days earlier.
It being Saturday, there were a lot of more experienced runners and joggers at the park and I suspect I may have been pushing my pace a bit too hard. So I slowed up just a bit. When Laura said I'd run for five, I wasn't sure I could go much farther, but was determined not to quit at less than eight minutes. Then Laura unexpectedly said I'd run for 10, and as I now felt less tired than during the first couple of minutes of the run, I told myself that the next ten would be easier than the first ten. And that turned out to be right. At about eleven minutes, I began to feel strangely refreshed. At 15 minutes, I was quite sure I could finish 20 minutes even picking up the pace a bit.
I have been doing my runs on paths around a lake, 1.6 miles around. By the last two minutes I could see my start point coming up ahead so I pushed even harder as I wanted to be able to say I'd now been able to jog all the way around the lake. Blew past the start and went several dozen more yards before Laura told me 20 minutes were up. And I felt really great at the end of the run, physically not particularly tired.
When I started this program as an out of shape 65 year old, I was dubious that it would actually work. It does! If you are dreading W5R3, keep at it. If I can do it, you can (and I did!)