I have just attempted the stamina and speed podcasts this week for the first time, while I am deciding whether to move to a 10K plan. The stamina podcast was enjoyable and achievable, and I may try and use it at parkrun this weekend to keep me on track.
However, I really LOVED the speed podcast. I decided to try the same route that I did for the big Week 5 Run 3 session and what a difference a couple of months makes! I remember being so worried about that 20 minute long run so I deliberately chose a flat, steady route. It was so great to get home in one piece, even though I had to do more than a 5 minute walk at the end to get home. Now doing the same run with 'speed' shows me just how far I have come in such a short space of time. Not only did I manage the run but I had to extend it by quite some distance to ensure I still had a cool down walk at the end. My dreaded run has become my fun fast run. How cool is that?