I've been trying for a couple of weeks to get through W7R1 and constantly not finishing it. I got very demoralised and before today hadn't run for 10 days. A friend persuaded me to get back out there though... and I managed it!
Route: The first four attempts I went to nice parks around town, thinking a change of scenery would be good for getting through this tricky run. Problem was each meant doing two laps of the same place, and once I'd done it once I just seemed to lose hope. Today I ran in a straight line along the canal until the halfway point, knowing that from there when I turned back I was going to have to do the distance, so I may as well run it!
Pace: because the first four were in parks, there were a lot of other runners and tourists. I'm pretty sure I was running faster out of embarrassment. Also I was using a run mapper, which is useful, but was updating me on my splits, which I think was making me try and run faster rather than longer.
Music: by wonderful chance, this came on as I was in the last couple of minutes of the 25!
So pleased I've *finally* cracked it!