I was so worried on Thursday. Week 7 day 2 was my first DNF and I could have cried with frustration...have been dwelling on it since and was wondering if that was it. I should stop. I literally crashed and burned about 18 minutes in - my legs hurt, I felt utterly exhausted and the gremlins won. I didn't even run again after I stopped for a walk; I was so dejected I shuffled home and cried! Boo hoo!
I decided to give it another try tonight. I changed the playlist on my ipod, went on a completely different route and NAILED IT!!! Yeah!!! I am sooooo happy and relieved. In fact, I chose to rebel and ran for a few minutes more to get to the end of the road I was on when the 25 minutes was up. I think the key for me is to slow right down. I'm slow anyway and feel really self conscious that people are looking at me and wondering what the heck I'm doing (I have an image in my head of how a runner *should* look), which I think puts me off. But tonight I intentionally went really slowly (first mile was 11 minutes) and managed to speed up a fraction (but only a tiny bit) once I'd got a rhythm going.
Sorry for the waffle but wanted to share my relief. Looks like I can carry on after all! Yay!