Just finished W5R2 without much stress! I learned a trick: if you go into a run thinking "I'm going to do x minutes of running today" as opposed to "how will I do x minutes of running today", you'll find the run a lot more pleasant. I did this with W5R1, and again today, and I finished both runs with far more ease than the terrible W4 where my brain got in my way. The downside to this is the sense of accomplishment when you're done is a *little* less because you haven't surprised yourself since you went in confident and positive. That still didn't stop me from smiling when Laura said I could slow down after the second run Today's run was also excellent. I won't win any awards for speed, but I was comfortable breathing, didn't get a stitch, and no gremlins! The run wasn't easy, but it certainly wasn't difficult either. When Laura said I was halfway through the second run I did wonder for a second how I'd finish it because my legs were getting tired but I didn't think about it and just kept on running.
I'm going to treat my legs to an extra rest day and tackle R3 on Monday without stressing about it. I'm just going to enjoy the weekend.
PS: I hope it's not annoying that I post after every run. Everyone else I know is either already or runner or has zero interest in running, so I don't have anyone who can relate to the highs and lows of the training. Although I have convinced two friends to download the podcasts and give it a go *evil laugh*