I run with my dog. To start with she kept tugging and I blamed her for my lack of rhythm, then she wanted to sniff but appreciated her stopping as it gave me an unscheduled rest moment (not cheating I told myself as she needed to sniff and might even need a longer stop)!
These "sniff stops" regularly happen around 15 minutes into my run and have become a bit of a habit which facilitate a rest for me which I appreciated during the run, and curse myself for after the run. I couldn't seem to get past this point without a quick break so was very grateful for her need.
I'm not sure it came from, but I read somewhere to remember where I stopped and next time be determined to run just a bit further, then further and further again. Well I woke up determined that I would heed this advise and got to the sniff point and just kept running and so did she with just a little encouragement. I resolved to get to the next pathway and found as I continued I had settled into my normal pace without stopping and she was happily running with me. Next thing I know Laura was telling me only 5 minutes left!
guess what.... week 7:2 completed without cheating. Now that feels good.