A week ago I did the W5R3 20 min run with no difficulty - my first grandchild had been born that morning and I was too busy thinking about her and my daughter to worry about how my legs or breathing were feeling and was amazed when Jo Whiley (yes I am a new App user - but I am friends with Laura on strength and stretch!) told me to stop running.
W6 runs 1 and 2 were then really hard, my leg muscles felt tight and it felt like a step back. So before W6R3 yesterday I planned what I was going to think about on my run - trivial nonsense but it worked! I ran with my head up, my mind on holiday (except when crossing roads of course!!) tried not to think about my body and had the best run of the programme so far!!
I know we are all different' but for me if I were ever to get a personal trainer (and I assure you all that would never happen!) I wouldn't want then to urge me to work harder, just to say things like: "Remember your last holiday? Think about the day trips you had! Visualise that restaurant! Feel the (sun)burn!!"
Seriously, for me getting prepared mentally really helped me keep plodging and get through the run, and I am cautiously optimistic about next week.